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Checkmate, Mr. Hacker!

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Passwords are devised to protect information. Let's see whether the people behind information security basics actually follow the rules they make.

Somewhere around 2014, I found an /etc/passwd file in some dumps of the BSD 3 source tree. It contained the passwords of all the old timers, such as Dennis Ritchie, Ken Thompson, Brian W. Kernighan, Steve Bourne and Bill Joy.

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In the IT world, these names aren't simply well known—they’re legendary. But what passwords were those people using?

gfVwhuAMF0Trw:dmac
Pb1AmSpsVPG0Y:uio
ymVglQZjbWYDE:/.,/.,
c8UdIntIZCUIA:bourne
AAZk9Aj5/Ue0E:foobar
E9i8fWghn1p/I:apr1744
IIVxQSvq1V9R2:axolotl
9EZLtSYjeEABE:network
P0CHBwE/mB51k:whatnot
Nc3IkFJyW2u7E:...hello
olqH1vDqH38aw:sacristy
9ULn5cWTc0b9E:sherril.
N33.MCNcTh5Qw:uucpuucp
FH83PFo4z55cU:wendy!!!
OVCPatZ8RFmFY:cowperso
X.ZNnZrciWauE:5%ghj
IL2bmGECQJgbk:pdq;dq
4BkcEieEtjWXI:jilland1
8PYh/dUBQT9Ss:theik!!!
lj1vXnxTAPnDc:sn74193n

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From the passwords quoted above, we can’t tell whose password is whose, but none of them strikes us as being particularly complex. Nonetheless, we managed to find our hero:

However, Kens password eluded my cracking endeavour.

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p/q2-q4!

This is a chess move in descriptive notation and the beginning of many common openings. It fits very well into Ken Thompson’s background in computer chess.

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Well, we are pleased to offer our readers yet another tip for generating passwords!

It’s a good way to come up with memorable passwords if you like chess.

Just a few moves from an opening:

e4e5Nf3Nc6Bb5
d4d5c4e6Nf3
f4e6g4?Qh4#!
			

Although, strictly speaking, passwords like these can be regarded as dictionary words.

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