Password Security: A Case History
Author(s): Robert Morris Sr., Ken Thompson

Date: November 1979
Publication: Communications of the ACM, Volume 22, Issue 11
Page(s): 594 - 597
Publisher: ACM
Source 1: http://wolfram.schneider.org/bsd/7thEdManVol2/password/password.pdf
Source 2: http://www.cs.unibo.it/~montreso/doc/papers/Morris-PasswordSecurity.pdf
Source 3: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/359168.359172 - Subscription or payment required

Abstract or Summary:
This paper describes the history of the design of the password security scheme on a remotely accessed time-sharing system. The present design was the result of countering observed attempts to penetrate the system. The result is a compromise between extreme security and ease of use.



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