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Microsoft To Use "friendly Worms"?


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#1 quietman7

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 08:08 AM

"Microsoft is taking a leaf out of the virus writers' handbook, hoping to use friendly "worms" to distribute software patches surreptitiously. Like the malicious worms that spread from computer to computer by self-replicating and automatically seeking out new computers to infect, the friendly worms will be used to distribute updates to users without forcing them to download anything from a central server. The research is being spearheaded by a team from Microsoft Research in Britain, and opens up the possibility of worm races between virus writers and the software companies to see who can reach vulnerable machines faster..."

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 04:14 PM

I won't lie. This scares the hell out of me.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 05:09 PM

That article confuses me: It says those worms look for uninfected computers to patch? I would think that those computers are most likely already patched.

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