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Hacking Exposed 7: Network Security Secrets & Solutions by George Kurtz, Joel Scambray, Stuart McClure

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CHAPTER 5HACKING UNIX

The continued proliferation of UNIX from desktops and servers to watches and mobile devices makes UNIX just as interesting a target today as it was when this booked was first published. Some feel drugs are about the only thing more addicting than obtaining root access on a UNIX system. The pursuit of root access dates back to the early days of UNIX, so we need to provide some historical background on its evolution.

THE QUEST FOR ROOT

In 1969, Ken Thompson, and later Dennis Ritchie of AT&T, decided that the MULTICS (Multiplexed Information and Computing System) project wasn’t progressing as fast as they would have liked. Their decision to “hack up” a new operating system called UNIX forever changed the landscape of computing. ...

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