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A Quasi-Species Model for the Propagation and Containment of Polymorphic Worms

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2 Author(s)
Stephenson, B. ; Inf. Security Div., MITRE Corp., McLean, VA, USA ; Sikdar, B.

Polymorphic computer worms are characterized by their ability to change their byte sequence as they replicate and propagate, thereby aiming to thwart intrusion detection systems (IDSes). In this letter, we propose a model based on coevolution of biological quasi-species to characterize the propagation of polymorphic worms and the effect of IDSes on their dynamics. The model is used to derive the conditions required for the IDS to contain the worm. The model is validated using simulations.

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Computers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:58 ,  Issue: 9 )