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Father of Unix Ken Thompson checkmated: Old eight-char password is finally cracked

Jakester

Back in the Day...

I worked with a VAX 11/780 with the VMS operating system around 1980. Passwords were hashed to a 16bit word. The interesting thing was it used the same password algorithm as the Radio Shack Model 1 computer. It was a simple matter on either system to go into debug and change the password hash to a null password.

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