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Friendly computer 'worms' may help spread software fixes

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:48 pm    Post subject: Friendly computer 'worms' may help spread software fixes Reply with quote

London, February 15 (ANI): Microsoft experts in the UK are trying to develop friendly software "worms" capable of spreading between computers instead of being downloaded from central servers.

Milan Vojnovic, a researcher from Microsoft Research in Cambridge, says that software patches that spread like worms may be faster and easier to distribute because no central server will then have to bear the entire load.

"These strategies can minimise the amount of global traffic across the network," New Scientist magazine quoted him as saying.

He says that most existing software worms, which randomly probe computers while looking for new hosts to infect, are inefficient because they waste time exploring groups or "subnets" of computers that contain few uninfected hosts.



I think it makes sense to develop something like this. It seems that the computing world emulates the ecosystem in many ways, and I get the impression that, the closer the design of the computing world gets to the ecosystem, the better it works. What's your take?
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