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LinuxNews.pl: I don't think I really love you...; a deadly Internet worm is a real possibility

Jan 11, 2001, 14:59 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michal Zalewski)

[ Thanks to LinuxNews.pl for this link. ]

"Over year ago, with couple of friends, we started writing a project, called 'Samhain' (days ago, on packetstorm, I noticed cute program with same name - in fact it's not the same app, just a coincidence ;). We wanted to see if it's difficult to write deadly harmful Internet worm, probably much more dangerous than Morris's worm. First, we agreed theoretical guidelines for such application:
1: Portability...
2: Invisibility...
3: Independence...
4: Learning...
5: Integrity...
6: Polymorphism...
7: Usability..."

"This text describes our ideas, concepts and implementation details. It is NOT the terrorist's handbook, and has not been written to help other people to write such code on their own. It is a study of technical possibilities instead. It's written to show that very serious potential risk, which we virtually can't avoid or stop, isn't only hypothetical."

"But we should remember: a working model has been written. And this model is deadly dangerous engine, which can be certainly used to something more than e-mail based infection of user-end workstations... Probably we aren't the first people who thought about it and tried to write it, that's what make us scared..."

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