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CWE-509: Replicating Malicious Code (Virus or Worm)

Weakness ID: 509
Abstraction: Base
Status: Incomplete
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Description Summary

Replicating malicious code, including viruses and worms, will attempt to attack other systems once it has successfully compromised the target system or software.
+ Time of Introduction
  • Implementation
  • Operation
+ Common Consequences

Technical Impact: Execute unauthorized code or commands

+ Potential Mitigations

Phase: Operation

Antivirus software scans for viruses or worms.

Phase: Installation

Always verify the integrity of the software that is being installed.

+ Relationships
NatureTypeIDNameView(s) this relationship pertains toView(s)
ChildOfWeakness BaseWeakness Base507Trojan Horse
Development Concepts (primary)699
Research Concepts (primary)1000
ChildOfCategoryCategory904SFP Primary Cluster: Malware
Software Fault Pattern (SFP) Clusters (primary)888
+ Taxonomy Mappings
Mapped Taxonomy NameNode IDFitMapped Node Name
LandwehrReplicating (virus)
+ Content History
Submission DateSubmitterOrganizationSource
LandwehrExternally Mined
Modification DateModifierOrganizationSource
2008-07-01Eric DalciCigitalExternal
updated Potential_Mitigations, Time_of_Introduction
2008-09-08CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships, Taxonomy_Mappings
2011-06-01CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Common_Consequences
2012-05-11CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships
2012-10-30CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Potential_Mitigations
Previous Entry Names
Change DatePrevious Entry Name
2008-01-30Replicating (virus)
2008-04-11Replicating Malicious Code (virus)

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