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Protection Schemes Based on Virus Survival Techniques

Jeffrey Walton
October 2007

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This article will examine the evolution of virus code as documented by Peter Szor in his book The Art Of Computer Virus Research And Defense [3], and apply what is learned in the context of Protection Schemes. Certain areas of virus research such as Basic Self-Protection Strategies (Chapter 6) and Advanced Code Evolution Techniques and Computer Virus Generator Kits (Chapter 7) provide a windfall of techniques. Other areas such as Malicious Code Environments (Chapter 3) provide additional methods; while areas such as Classification of Infection Strategies (Chapter 4) offers insight into data hiding. In addition, the article will address some of the issues presented by the x86 architecture and Operating System.

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