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An assessment of the contemporary threat posed by network worm malware

An assessment of the contemporary threat posed by network worm malware

Tidy, Luc, Shahzad, Khurram, Ahmad, Muhammad Aminu and Woodhead, Steve (2014) An assessment of the contemporary threat posed by network worm malware. In: ICSNC 2014: The Ninth International Conference on Systems and Networks Communications. IARIA, Nice, France, pp. 92-98. ISBN 9781612083681 ISSN 2163-9027

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Abstract

The cost of a zero-day network worm outbreak has been estimated to be up to US$2.6 billion. Additionally zeroday network worm outbreaks have been observed that spread at a significant pace across the global Internet, with an observed infection level of more than 90 percent of vulnerable hosts within 10 minutes. The threat posed by such fast-spreading malware is therefore significant, particularly given the fact that network operator / administrator intervention is not likely to take effect within the typical epidemiological timescale of such infections. This paper presents a classification of wormable vulnerabilities, demonstrating a method to determine if a vulnerability is wormable, and presents a survey into the cause of the reduction of worm outbreaks in recent years, as well as their viability in the future. It then goes on to explore recent wormable vulnerabilities, and points out the issues with operating system security in relation to techniques used by zero-day worms.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: ICSNC 2014: The Ninth International Conference on Systems and Networks Communications
Additional Information: Conference held at Nice, France from October 12, 2014 to October 16, 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cyber Defence; Malware; Network Worm; Zero-Day Worm; Simulation; Modelling
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Engineering Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Internet Security Research Laboratory
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Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 10:14
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13968

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