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Simulating and Optimising Worm Propagation Algorithms by Tom Vogt on 18/12/03

This paper describes a series of simulations run to estimate various worm growth patterns and their corresponding propagation algorithms. It also tests and verifies the impact of various improvements, starting from a trivial simulation of worm propagation and the underlying network infrastructure to more refined models; it attempts to determine the theoretical maximum propagation speed of worms and how it can be achieved. It also estimates the impact a malicious worm could have on the overall infrastructure.

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