The File destroyAll.exe: On Executing Proprietary Software
This chapter describes the pattern “Executables: Safety and Dependencies”. This episode observes Robert’s attempt to check whether it is safe to execute a particular executable file. The technical sections discuss the fundamental concepts of program termination, decidability and tractability, as well as software engineering concepts including code injection, software viruses, antivirus software, and finally, software emulation and virtual machines.
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