Friday, 30 Oct, 2009 Technology
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Latest Invention: Software That Automatically Repairs the System Affected by Malware

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Together with his colleagues, Martin Rinar, who is currently a professor of computer science at MIT, managed to create new software called ClearView that is able to identify the intrusion of alien software and generate a set of patches meant to repair the operating system. The new invention detects the rule that was compromised and then generates patches that make the software to pursue the compromised rules.

Afterwards the software analyses all options in order to decide which of the chosen rules represents the most suitable patch. The team's new invention searches for particular types of errors, which are often caused by a malicious code introduced into the operating software.

A great advantage of the new invention is that it can be installed on several computers that run the same software. When it selects the most effective patch, the latter can be installed on all the other computers.

The team of researchers carried out a test of the software on a group of machines that run Firefox. A team of independent programmers launched an attack on Firefox, each using a different type of attack. ClearView managed to block the malicious codes of all attacks. It also shut down the program prior to the attack.

The new invention discarded the wrong corrections and generated patches that corrected all errors caused by malware. Just after 5 minutes of the first attack ClearView managed to create a working patch.

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21 votes

//3 Nov 10, 2009 02:31 PM | posted by: greendan80 [InfoMANIAC]
nice idea. hope it works and gets incorporated in every machine.
22 votes

//2 Nov 05, 2009 06:37 PM | posted by: gurk [InfoMANIAC]
i'm not a pro, but i think prevention is better than treatment. thumbs up!
28 votes

//1 Nov 03, 2009 10:53 AM | posted by: alcotrazz [InfoMANIAC]
sounds pretty much like AI... and a fairy tale. software, which will "decide", "detect errors" and "generate patches" requires huge work, I think: there should be analysed millions of cases of malicious software attacks, all of the cases should be solved and then an algorythm should be worked out, which would unite all of the cases under several rules. HUGE WORK!

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