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A Formal Definition of Computer Worms and Some Related Results

Fred Cohen
Computers & Security, 7(11) (1992), pp.641-652
ISSN 0167-4048

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In this paper, we propose a formal definition of "computer worms" and discuss some of their properties. We begin by reviewing the formal definition of "computer viruses", and their properties. We then define "computer worms" as a subclass of viruses, and show that many of the interesting ptoperties derived for viruses hold for worms. Finally, we summarize results, draw conclusions, and propose further work.

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