Do We Want A Good Version Of The Internet Worm?
from the fixing-systems,-or-creating-a-new-hole dept
For years, people have debated whether or not a "good Samaritan computer worm or virus" is a good idea. The concept is that the worm would go around and proactively plug security holes, making the whole world a better place. The con side, of course, is that it would be messing with computer systems without the permission of those who control them - and inevitably causing unintended (bad) consequences. However, this is the first time I've heard of such a virus in active use - as someone has apparently created an anti-MSBlaster worm that uses the same vulnerability to wipe out MSBlaster and patch the security hole. Or, at least that's what it appears to do. Some are worried that this is actually a cover story to make people not so worried about it, while it also opens up a trapdoor for a hacker to later get into the system.