Password security: a case history

@article{Morris1979PasswordSA,
  title={Password security: a case history},
  author={R. Morris and K. Thompson},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  year={1979},
  volume={22},
  pages={594-597}
}
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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