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Challenges in getting 'formal' with viruses

Arun Lakhotia, Prabhat Singh
Virus Bulletin, September 2003 (2003) 15-19
ISSN 0956-9979
September 2003

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Is it a virus, a worm, a Trojan, or a backdoor? Answering this question correctly for any arbitrary program is known to be an undecidable problem. That is, it is impossible to write a computer program that will identify correctly whether an arbitrary program is a virus, a worm, etc. - no matter how much computing power is thrown at the problem.

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