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Thompson didn't invent or prove anything. He based his work off MULTICS Security Evaluation where Karger et al invented the compiler attack and submitted it in the report. See p 17:


They invented many other attacks and risk areas you see today despite INFOSEC not existing back then. This was one 2 or 3 pentests that started the hacking part of our field.

I never said invented, but he did execute it successfully on a scale that may be larger than he admits.

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