Yesterday I found a fascinating gate along my hiking trail: simple mechanical engineering that mimics advanced #cryptography.
Let's say 4 different officers want to share the ability to unlock this gate independently, but they don't want to use a shared key for some security reasons. For example, they might want to quickly disable or replace one of the 4 keys in case its owner gets fired or leaks it.
How can they achieve this using common padlocks and iron moving parts?
@codewiz This is mine 🤓 The first iron pin must be inserted into one of the holes of the padlocks, otherwise the lever does not rise completely, and the gate remains locked.
Ciao Bernie, very long time no see, maybe you don't even remember who Patrizio is... 😀
However, I understand the mechanism of gate, but I'm curious.. and cannot arcive how the hypothetical 3 remaining authorized owners can "disable" the fourth owner'lock who is no longer authorized (without him returning key lock). I mean a clean way, not cutting lock with large wire cutters!
@Izio I knew a few people called Patrizio, but your profile doesn't give away a lot in terms of hints.
Have we been coworkers? Have we been together in the "servizio di leva"?
Anyway, welcome to Mastodon!
@kaia But the linear design seems simpler...
Perhaps the circular padlock carousel is more tamper resistant? No... I would just cut off or bend the peg...
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