Method and system for adaptive rule-based content scanners for desktop computers

  • US 20050240999A1
  • Filed: 12/09/2004
  • Published: 10/27/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/06/1997
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A security system for scanning content within a computer, comprising:

  • a network interface, housed within a computer, for receiving content from the Internet on its destination to an Internet application running on the computer;

    a database of rules corresponding to computer exploits, stored within the computer;

    a rule-based content scanner that communicates with said database of rules, for scanning content to recognize the presence of potential exploits therewithin;

    a network traffic probe, operatively coupled to said network interface and to said rule-based content scanner, for selectively diverting content from its intended destination to said rule-based content scanner; and

    a rule update manager that communicates with said database of rules, for updating said database of rules periodically to incorporate new rules that are made available.

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