Is adding encryption before hashing more secure?

One way to secure a password in the database is to hash it with salt i.e. appending a random string to the password and then hash it and store the value.

Does encrypting the password || salt then hashing it make it more secure? Is it really necessary (or can I skip the encryption part)?

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Author: xcoder

How to apply custom filters for John The Ripper when cracking RAR3 archive password?

My problem is that I’m trying to crack RAR file with is encrypted with RAR3 encryption.
Decided to try with John The Ripper.
Here are clues I have from my friend.

  1. Max password length is 8
  2. Only capital letters or digits

And I need now filter to make John crack the password without trying to check small lowercase letters.
On hashcat it’s easy to do but program do not support $RAR3$*1 type of hashes.

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Author: Madiator2011