Worm

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CNSSI 4009

See malicious code.

NIST SP 800-28v2

A self-replicating program that propagates itself through a network onto other computer systems without requiring a host program or any user intervention to replicate.

NIST SP 800-40

A type of malicious code particular to networked computers. It is a self-replicating program that works its way through a computer network exploiting vulnerable hosts, replicating and causing whatever damage it was programmed to do.

NIST SP 800-46

A worm is a self-replicating program. Unlike a virus, it is self-contained and does not require a host program to replicate or any user intervention. Worms commonly utilize network services to propagate onto other computer systems. Although nowadays worms are associated with malicious code, the concept (Sho83) was originally introduced in the context of building useful applications.

NIST SP 800-47

A computer program or algorithm that replicates itself over a computer network and usually performs malicious actions.

NIST SP 800-61

A self-replicating, self-propagating, self-contained program that uses networking mechanisms to spread itself.

NIST SP 800-61r1

A self-replicating, self-propagating, self-contained program that uses networking mechanisms to spread itself.

NIST SP 800-83

A self-replicating program that is completely self-contained and self-propagating.