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Re: Viral Cure Could 'Immunise' The Internet
- From: Edward Lewis
- Date: Fri Dec 09 09:59:33 2005
At 9:30 -0500 12/9/05, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
This has been thought of many times. My spin around this was
attached to DARPA's Active Network
Thought folks might find this interesting
Viral Cure Could 'Immunise' The Internet, New Scientist
Excerpts: A cure for computer viruses that spreads in a viral fashion could
immunise the internet, even against pests that travel at lightning speed, a
mathematical study reveals.
Most conventional anti-virus programs use "signatures" to identify and block
viruses. But experts must first analyse a virus before sending out the fix.
This means that rapidly spreading viruses can cause widespread damage before
Source: Viral Cure Could 'Immunise' The Internet, Kurt Kleiner, NewScientist,
The eternal question in security is "what are you defending against?"
Because of that, security will always have a strong reactionary
I can't cite any, but I recall hearing some claims that viruses in
the past were meant to fix problems or highlight in a benign way the
presence of problems. It's been tried in real life, I don't see that
a mathematical study is going to come up with a result that is more
Edward Lewis +1-571-434-5468
3 months to the next trip. I guess it's finally time to settle down and
find a grocery store.