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Viruses in Turing's Garden


Cohen and his supervisor Adleman defined a virus as follows: "A virus is a program that is able to infect other programs by modifying them to include a possibly evolved copy to itself". This definition seems to be well accepted by the computer security community as a foundational definition. Thus, a virus is a self-replicating program, whose offspring may be a mutation of the original program. Viruses thrive in our computers, which are based on Turing's model of computation. We discuss the fundamental reasons for this.


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hal-00762918 , version 1 (09-12-2012)


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Jean-Yves Marion. Viruses in Turing's Garden. ERCIM News, 2012, 2012 (91). ⟨hal-00762918⟩
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