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The internet wormIn November 1988 a worm program invaded several thousand UNIX-operated Sun workstations and VAX computers attached to the Research Internet, seriously disrupting service for several days but damaging no files. An analysis of the work's decompiled code revealed a battery of attacks by a knowledgeable insider, and demonstrated a number of security weaknesses. The attack occurred in an open network, and little can be inferred about the vulnerabilities of closed networks used for critical operations. The attack showed that passwork protection procedures need review and strengthening. It showed that sets of mutually trusting computers need to be carefully controlled. Sharp public reaction crystalized into a demand for user awareness and accountability in a networked world.
Document ID
19900014594
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Authors
Denning, Peter J. (Research Inst. for Advanced Computer Science Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
February 7, 1989
Subject Category
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:181576
RIACS-TR-89.3
NASA-CR-181576
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NCC2-387
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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