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Re: Viral Cure Could 'Immunise' The Internet
At 9:30 -0500 12/9/05, [email protected] wrote:
This has been thought of many times. My spin around this was attached to DARPA's Active Network (http://www.darpa.mil/ato/programs/AN/).Thought folks might find this interesting http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8403 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 being stopped. Source: Viral Cure Could 'Immunise' The Internet, Kurt Kleiner, NewScientist, 05/12/01
The eternal question in security is "what are you defending against?" Because of that, security will always have a strong reactionary element.
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 meaningful.
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