proof-of-concept virus


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proof-of-concept virus

Software code (virus code) that proves a vulnerability exists in some other software. While the proof-of-concept virus is not destructive, it is developed and deployed to show how a malicious version of the virus could exploit the vulnerability. See virus.
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Antivirus companies have reportedly been sent a proof-of-concept virus that infects 64-bit Microsoft Windows machines.
A proof-of-concept virus that infects 64-bit Windows machines has been sent to antivirus companies, which believe it is the first example of such a virus.
As a "cross-pollinating" virus that can infect both Microsoft Project files and Microsoft Word documents, Corner is a proof-of-concept virus, setting the stage for other viruses that could have more malicious payloads or broader-reaching infection techniques.