Sunday, January 02, 2005

Safe cracking HOWTO


It seems that Matt Blaze (of NSA Clipper Chip fame) has written a paper on how safe security works and how safe techniques could help computer security. An excerpt:

This paper is a general survey of safe and vault security from a computer science perspective, with emphasis on the metrics used to evaluate these systems and the weaknesses that cause them to fail. We examine security against forced, covert and surreptitious safe opening, focusing on the mechanical combination locks most commonly used on commercial safes in the US. Our analysis contrasts the philosophy and tools of physical security with those of information security, especially where techniques
might be profitably applied across these disciplines.

Well, there goes another case of how security through obscurity doesn't work.


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