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A note on Cohen's formal model for computer viruses

Kimmo Kauranen, Erkki Makinen
ACM SIGSAC Review, Volume 8, Issue 2, (Summer 1990), pp.40-43
ISSN 1558-0261
1990

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Abstract

This note discusses the formal model for computer viruses presented by Fred Cohen. We propose some refinements for the model. Especially, we define a computer virus to be a description of a Turing machine capable of writing a description of another Turing machine to the tape of a universal Turing machine.

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