Morris Worm Poetry and History

Adam indulges with a Beatles rewrite

It was twenty years ago today
Sgt. Morris taught the worms to play
They’ve been going in and out of style
But they’re guaranteed to last a while
So may I introduce to you…
the bug you’ve known for all these years
Sgt. Morris Lonely worm club band


Danny McPherson takes a different approach to explain the changes in 20 years since the Morris Worm.

…new network applications being developed can’t work on new ports or employ new IP-based transport protocols, so they’ve got to piggyback on existing “open” ones (e.g., IPSEC v. TLS). The nearing exhaustion of IPv4 address space, and the adoption of IPv6, which is not bits-on-the-wire compatible, only exacerbates the transparency problem…

Try saying that three times fast. In other words, I think he means to say that the implicit trust is gone. The Internet touches more people today with many more complex relationships and so they need a more closed/protective mode to begin with.

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