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Issue No.02 - March/April (2009 vol.7)
pp: 83-86
Martin Gilje Jaatun , SINTEF Information and Communication Technology
Jostein Jensen , SINTEF Information and Communication Technology
Hâvard Vegge , Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Finn Michael Halvorsen , Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Rune Walsø Nergârd , Norwegian University of Science and Technology
ABSTRACT
0-day malware is malware that is so new that it's not detected by any antimalware scanners. This article describes an experiment that, during a two-week period in 2008, exposed updated Microsoft Windows XP PCs with updated antivirus software to numerous unsavoury Internet software repositories. A total of 124 0-day malware instances were detected in the experiment. The authors concluded that if a user is sufficiently adventurous (or foolish), updated antivirus protection is no guarantee against a 0-day malware infection.
INDEX TERMS
malware, virus, anti-virus, 0-day
CITATION
Martin Gilje Jaatun, Jostein Jensen, Hâvard Vegge, Finn Michael Halvorsen, Rune Walsø Nergârd, "Fools Download Where Angels Fear to Tread", IEEE Security & Privacy, vol.7, no. 2, pp. 83-86, March/April 2009, doi:10.1109/MSP.2009.36
REFERENCES
1. H. Vegge et al., "Where Only Fools Dare to Tread: An Empirical Study on the Prevalence of Zero–Day Malware," to be published in Proc. 4th Int'l Conf. Internet Monitoring and Protection (ICIMP 09), 2009.
2. D. Nunes and S. Keats, "Mapping the Mal Web," McAfee SiteAdvisor, 12 Mar. 2007; www.siteadvisor.com/studiesmap_malweb_mar2007.html .
3. S. Keats, "Mapping the Mal Web Revisited," McAfee SiteAdvisor, 4 June 2008; www.siteadvisor.com/studiesmap_malweb_jun2008.pdf .
4. S. Shin, J. Jung, and H. Balakrishnan, "Malware Prevalence in the Kazaa File-Sharing Network," Proc. 6th ACM SIGCOMM Conf. Internet Measurement (IMC 06), ACM Press, 2006, pp. 333–338.
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