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Ken Thompson – quotes – Reflections on Trust

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/12/21

Some of the Ken Thompson – Wikiquote entries come from a great 1983 ACM Turing Award Acceptance Lecture “Reflections on Trusting Trust”.

That lecture used to be on http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/trust.html

But it isn’t, and it’s not in the WayBack machine and neither in the Google Cache because of the robots.txt. Historic link rot galore!

The lecture is about compiler viruses and viruses actually did this at least a few times: Delphi in the 2009 and to XCode in 2015.

A few nice links from ACM Classic: Reflections on Trusting Trust – Google Groups though:

And archived versions of (I hope accurate) copies of the article:

Finally I found a PDF copy of the original ACM prints that Greg Ganger of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University has online. It’s archived too.

–jeroen

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