When I heard about the new NX (No-Execute) feature that AMD introduced over a year ago, I started to get excited. Wow, we can finally eliminate so many of these overflow exploits. It got me thinking about the whole virus,worm,spyware problem. I think there is a viable and practical solution to all of these problems. So about 6 months ago I said to some co-workers, “I’m going to write a paper about this”. After much procrastination, I finished it.
Here is the link to the article: http://www.bigunix.com/, it’s called “The End of Computer Viruses is Near”
If you like it or think I’m right or wrong, please link to this blog or article. The more this gets blogged about, the more people will start thinking about the problem. I really want to get the conversation started out on the internet. I don’t think 90% of the people out there know that this problem is solvable.
“Why did I put it on a separate site?” Well, way back, I wanted the article to be a sort of site for ideas like this. So I made a system that would publish the article as a series of static pages so the slashdot effect wouldn’t crush my system. I’ve had a few of my posts slashdotted before, so I wanted to be ready.
“Why did I focus on windows?” Well, the answer is simple. What is 90% of the world running? What are 90% of the virus/spyware/worm targets? They are one and the same. If we are going to deal with this issue, we need to deal with the biggest platform for this issue.
Anyways, my writing skills aren’t the greatest, and there aren’t any pretty pictures, but I hope that you give the article a read. I strongly believe that we must solve this issue and end these threats to our systems. Technology can solve this problem!