【计算机密码发明人去世 享年93岁】

【计算机密码发明人去世 享年93岁】计算机安全领域失去了一位创始人。Fernando Corby Corbato因发明计算机密码而受到称赞,于美国当地时间13日去世,享年93岁。这位曾经的MIT研究人员在建立兼容时间共享系统(Compatible Time-Sharing System)时发明了密码保护计算机用户帐户的概念。Corbato在2014年的一次采访中称,他的工作只是建立“分割”和一些基本隐私的问题,但此举将有助于塑造数字安全。

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Computer password inventor Fernando Corbato dies at 93

Computer security just lost one of its founders. Fernando "Corby" Corbato, credited with inventing the computer password, has died at the age of 93. The MIT researcher devised the concept of password-protected user accounts when establishing his Compatible Time-Sharing System, which let multiple people use a computer at the same time. It was just a matter of establishing "compartmentalization" and basic privacy, Corbato told the Wall Street Journal in a 2014 interview, but the move would help shape digital security going forward.

It's not Corbato's only pioneering effort, either. CTSS' simultaneous usage model reduced the wait time for computer responses from hours to second, making the technology far more practical. His Multics time-sharing system, meanwhile, paved the way for future operating systems like Linux with finer-grained privacy controls, a hierarchical file system and other features that people take for granted today.

He was also the impetus behind "Corbato's Law," which claims that programmers will write the same amount of code regardless of the language they're using. It made a case for using higher-level languagesinstead of close-to-the-metal code that's typically more time-consuming to write.

Corbato in his later years was aware that passwords had their problems -- the internet made those logins "kind of a nightmare," he told the WSJ. It's no secret that the industry is moving away from passwords to both thwart account hijackers and improve convenience. Still, there's little doubt that Corbato's work helped establish the fundamentals of modern computing.

https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/13/computer-password-inventor-fernando-corbato-dies/


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