Reflections On Trusting Trust

(1984)

Abstract:

To what extent should one trust a statement that a program is free of Trojan horses? Perhaps it is more important to trust the people who wrote the software.

Authors:

Ken Thompson

Tags:

security, trojan, virus, technology, computer

Length:

3

Submitted By:

alixander

Date Submitted:

Jul 14, 2014

Favorited:

1

Times Read:

1

Discussion and Questions

litzer 2 years, 10 months ago
Points: 0

That idea of a self-reproducing program is very interesting... I've only programmed in Python and can't imagine how this would be done in that language. I wonder if there's something about lower-level languages like FORTRAN and C that make it easier in them.