[Full-Disclosure] The 'good worm' from HP
nick at virus-l.demon.co.uk
Sat Aug 21 06:45:04 BST 2004
Todd Towles wrote:
> Yeah I remember first hearing about that in the Patch Management
> circles. Does sounds like a good idea. Anyone that has been over patch
> managemtn can tell you that patches break stuff. Now software will
> automatically break software with software patches. =) Interesting.
And, aside from the "Are 'Good' Viruses Still a Bad Idea?" issues, some
historical precedent suggests that this a hard set of problems to fix.
In the earliest (?) academic/commercial research into worm-like
behaviour, where the intention was purely to better utilize the
resouirces of the individual machines in a network, to perform
housekeeping tasks on said machines out of hours and so on, things went
awry and the project was abandoned. IIRC, that work was by Shoch &
Hupp at XEROX PARC in the early 80's and is widely cited in some
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