The 1980's saw the advent of widespread (and potentially damaging) computer virus infection of both personal computer and mainframe systems. The computer security field has been comparatively slow to react to this emerging situation. It is only over the last two years that a significant body of knowledge on the operation, likely evolution and prevention of computer viruses has developed. A Pathology of Computer Viruses gives a detailed overview of the history of the computer virus and an in-depth technical review of the principles of computer virus and worm operation under DOS, Mac, UNIX and DEC operating systems. David Ferbrache considers the possible extension of the threat to the mainframe systems environment and suggests how the threat can be effectively combatted using an antiviral management plan. The author addresses the latest developments in "stealth" virus operations, specifically the trend for virus authors to adopt extensive camouflage and concealment techniques, which allow viruses to evade both existing anti-viral software and to avoid detection by direct observation of machine behaviour. A Pathology of Computer Viruses addresses a distinct need - that of the computer specialist and professional who needs a source reference work detailing all aspects of the computer virus threat.
Contents: Introduction.- Historical Perspectives.- Theory of Viruses.- Operation of PC Viruses.- Management of PC Viruses.- Apple Macintosh Viruses.- Mainframe Systems: The Growing Threat.- Network Viruses: The Worms.- Reactions of the IT Community.- Conclusions: The Future Ahead.- Appencides: DOS Filestore Structure; Low Level Disk Layout; EXE File Format; Mac Filestore Structure; PC Virus Relationship Chart; Macintosh Virus Relationship Chart; PC Boot Sequence; AIDS Trojan: Accompanying Licence; Software Infected at Source; Nomenclature; UNIX Boot Sequence; CERT Press Release; CERT/CIAC Advisories; Contact Points; Abbreviations; Further Reading; Virus-1 Archive Sites; Relative Frequencies of IBM Viruses; Subject Index.
Number Of Pages: 306
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 16.99
Weight (kg): 0.5