“ When meditating over a disease, I never think of finding a remedy for it, but, instead, a means of preventing it.”
—Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)
Since the Morris worm in 1988, computer worms have been one of the biggest challenges of the Internet Age. Every month, critical vulnerabilities are reported in a wide variety of operating systems and applications. Similarly, the number of computer worms that exploit system vulnerabilities is growing at an alarming rate.
This chapter presents some promising host-based intrusion prevention techniques that can stop entire classes of fast-spreading worms using buffer overflow attacks, such as the W32/CodeRed1, Linux/Slapper2, and ...