Can malware be exterminated by better understanding its roots?

Michael Cheng Yi Cho, Chia Wei Hsu, Shiuh-Pyng Shieh, Chi Wei Wang

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Can malware be exterminated? Is there such a utopia? Or is there at least a Holy Grail in malware detection that almost gets us there? These questions inspire debate. Pessimists believe that complete malware detection is an unsolvable and nonboundable problem; optimists acknowledge that the problem is difficult but argue for eventual solvability. The authors' own investigation into malware reveals pitfalls in current research. If these pitfalls can be avoided, they argue that there might be a path to some form of malware freedom, even if malware recognition is an undecidable problem.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6964976
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalIT Professional
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2014


  • cloud
  • cloud computing
  • computer security
  • malware
  • security


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