September 22, 2004

Decentralized Virus Naming

Namespaces By: ams

Reading Anti-Virus Spamming and the Virus-Naming Mess by Dr. Vesselin Bontchev, I was struck by the fact that there is no common name for each virus.

Virus names, once chosen by anti-virus producers, are difficult to change because the original name is already present in press releases, on the website, and in the virus definition files of anti-virus software.

Because it is unrealistic to expect that a standard agreement can be reached by every anti-virus producer over the name of every single virus in existence, any future-proof naming scheme will need to accommodate multiple names referring to any given virus.

Yet another good use for a decentralized namespace.

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