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Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 7 by Dmitry Vostokov

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Malware: A Definition

Here we provide a definition of malware that highlights the importance of structural and behavioral patterns:

Malware: software that uses planned alteration of structure and behavior of software to serve malicious purposes.

Notice the recursive character of that definition that includes self-modifying malware and also rootkits where a malicious purpose is to conceal.

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