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Companion viruses and the macintosh: Threats and countermeasures

Chapter


Abstract


  • This paper reports on how some features of the Macintosh operating system, versions 7.1 through 8.1 and perhaps later versions, could be used to implement a virus attack unlike any seen previously on the Macintosh, but which bears some resemblance to a “Companion Virus” style of attack as seen under MS-DOS. We briefly discuss some methods used in the implementation of companion viruses under MS-DOS, and also examine techniques used by other Macintosh viruses. Following an examination of the details of our attack, we discuss generic countermeasures to a virus using the attack, one of which in particular appears very effective against the attack.

Publication Date


  • 1999

Citation


  • Horton, J., & Seberry, J. (1999). Companion viruses and the macintosh: Threats and countermeasures. In Unknown Book (Vol. 1587, pp. 202-212). doi:10.1007/3-540-48970-3_17

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9783540657569

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84961374600

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

Start Page


  • 202

End Page


  • 212

Abstract


  • This paper reports on how some features of the Macintosh operating system, versions 7.1 through 8.1 and perhaps later versions, could be used to implement a virus attack unlike any seen previously on the Macintosh, but which bears some resemblance to a “Companion Virus” style of attack as seen under MS-DOS. We briefly discuss some methods used in the implementation of companion viruses under MS-DOS, and also examine techniques used by other Macintosh viruses. Following an examination of the details of our attack, we discuss generic countermeasures to a virus using the attack, one of which in particular appears very effective against the attack.

Publication Date


  • 1999

Citation


  • Horton, J., & Seberry, J. (1999). Companion viruses and the macintosh: Threats and countermeasures. In Unknown Book (Vol. 1587, pp. 202-212). doi:10.1007/3-540-48970-3_17

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9783540657569

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84961374600

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

Start Page


  • 202

End Page


  • 212