A general definition of malware

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A general definition of malware
We propose a general, formal definition of the concept of malware (malicious software) as a single sentence in the language of a certain modal logic. Our definition al thanks to its abstract formulation, which, being abstract, is independent of—but nonetheless generally applicable to—the manifold concrete manifestations of malware. From our formulation of malware, we derive equally general and formal definitions of benware (benign software), anti-malware (“antibodies” against malware), and medware (medical software or “medicine” for affected software). We provide theoretical tools and practical techniques for the detection, comparison, and classification of malware and its derivatives. Our general defining principle is causation of (in)correctness.
Simon Kramer, Julian C. Bradfield
Added 31 Jan 2011
Updated 31 Jan 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Authors Simon Kramer, Julian C. Bradfield
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