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NSF funds computer virus immunization effort

6/10/2010 08:00 PM EDT
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re: NSF funds computer virus immunization effort
Mapou   6/10/2010 10:44:07 PM
"Since every approach to cyber security can be circumvented by determined hackers, the researchers are not revealing all the details of their approach" .. This is interesting. So how long is it going to take for the details of this approach to become known to determined hackers? And how much of the taxpayer's money is NSF handing over to FSU for this absurd research effort? Who is in charge of distributing these funds, anyway? .. The security problem is really no different than the software reliability problem. Successful attacks always exploit flaws in a system's software. Get rid of the bugs and the problem will disappear. There is indeed a way to create bug-free software and to immunize a computer system against all malware but it has nothing to do with keeping your security technology a secret. The key can be summed up in one word, timing. Given the right synchronous/reactive software model, it is possible to detect unwanted intrusions because they invariably modify the system's temporal signature. These temporal anomalies can be detected on the fly with the right technology. .. Google "How to Construct 100% Bug-Free Software" if you're interested in the future of reliability and security. The only caveat is that the computer industry will have to switch to a new software model, one which incorporates timing at the fundamental level. .. PS. to NSF. Don't say you did not know because I just told you.

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