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I read some stuff like cm bell labs but i couldn't get it all. How does it work really? What is the logic in that?
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Reflections on Trusting Trust is a lecture by Ken Thompson in which he explains the hack. Briefly:
His point was that you might think "I don't trust this binary, I'll build it from source" but now you're in a state of recursive paranoia. If you don't trust the binary, why do you trust the compiler binary? You don't, so you build the compiler: but why do you trust the compiler binary to produce a trustworthy compiler?
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