October 6th, 2005, 03:22 PM
'Beneficial' Network Worms
Considering nearly every /. article eventually makes it here, sorry if this has been posted already.
Convinced that businesses will use nonmalicious worms to cut down on network security costs, a high-profile security researcher is pushing ahead with a new framework for creating a "controlled worm" that can be used for beneficial purposes.
Dave Aitel, vulnerability researcher at New York-based Immunity Inc., unveiled a research-level demo of the "Nematode" framework at the Hack In The Box confab in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, insisting that good worms will become an important part of an organization's security strategy.
Anyone else think this sounds useless? I feel like someone is trying to make a name for themself with this concept...
It needs it's own language?
The concept includes the use of "Nematokens," servers that are programmed to only respond to requests from networks cleared for attacks and the NIL (Nematode Intermediate Language)
that can be used as a specialized and simplified "assembly for worms."
If you have control of your network, why would you need to haul your patches around on an exploit? If you know where your machines are, why would you need worm methodology to find them?
"We already have an engine that takes exploits and turns them into worms and does it in a way that allows you to inject control mechanisms into that. That's something that will appeal to businesses.