Tom Van Vleck, 2007

Tom Van Vleck


I have had the privilege of working with some of the finest people in the world on some of the most interesting projects in computing.

What I always say is, "You learn something every day, unless you're careful."

Essays on software quality and engineering. (09/24/10, 10K, 18 files, 5 images)

  • Timing Channels. Covert channels are a concern in the design of secure operating systems; they allow information to leak between security domains. In 1990, I wrote a short paper about a 1976 exploitation of a timing channel, and some thoughts on the star property. (09/01/14, 19K, 2 pictures)

  • How the Air Force broke Multics security in the early 70s. (09/01/14, 26K, 1 picture)

  • Project names and Borges numbers. Since we're talking about security, you may enjoy this story. (04/01/15, 6K)

  • Home Computer Security Advice The bare minimum that everybody should do. Version 14. (08/31/16, 27K)

I worked on the Multics operating system for almost 16 years in the 60s and 70s, and edit a web site describing the system, its history, and its builders.

I provide consulting on computer security, software engineering, and web applications. Here is my résumé. (11/09/15, 19K)

You never know when you might need to know some of this stuff.

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