Re: In search of examples of malicious source code

From: Gabriele Zanoni <>
Subject: Re: In search of examples of malicious source code

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Gabriele Zanoni

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Il Tuesday 02 September 2008 12:06:47 ha scritto:
> I am currently working on a research project and designing an application
> specifically aimed at locating malicious logic embedded in source code
> (C/C++ for now, other languages will be addressed later). As a test of the
> future implementation I would like to use as many real life examples of
> code as possible. Anything that was known to have been compromised, had a
> backdoor, easter egg, or other forms of malicious or undesired logic would
> make a good test, or at least be a 'more fair' test than anything I might
> write myself.
> Because those malicious versions of Open Source projects are usually taken
> off line just as soon as the incident is discovered, I am having a
> difficult time in tracking down the specific examples that I am currently
> aware of. I therefore would like to ask if anyone out there knows of any
> collection/repository of malicious source code? If not, does anyone have
> suggestions on specific version numbers of Open Source projects (or
> available proprietary code) that I should be looking for across all the
> various Internet archives?
> Thanks in advance!
> btw - Just to keep this thread even remotely on topic the answer is yes, I
> am well aware that you can not prove a negative. So, we don't need to go
> there. ;)

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