A new version of pre-eminent password cracker John the Ripper has been released. Bringing the version up from 1.7.9 to 1.8.0, the biggest change is a boost in performance, in some cases nearly doubling performance. The performance edge seems to drop off as the checks go longer, but it’s still present. The formal jumbo patch isn’t done yet, but it should be here soon.
I expect to see it in Kali and other security distros soon. Passwords are growing less safe by the day.