WORM 2005

The 3rd Workshop on Rapid Malcode (WORM)

November 11th, 2005  
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA

Held in association with the 12th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS-12)
Sponsored by: ACM SIGSAC
with contributions from

Workshop Program

Directions to the Workshop


In the last several years, Internet-wide infectious epidemics have emerged as one of the leading threats to information security and service availability. The vehicles for these outbreaks, malicious codes called "worms", take advantage of the combination of software monocultures and the uncontrolled Internet communication model to quickly compromise large numbers of hosts. Such worms are increasingly being used as delivery mechanisms for various types of malicious payloads, including remote-controlled "zombies", spyware and botnets. Recent incidents have also reveals the use of new propagation techniques as well as the use of worms to target small user communities or specific applications. Current operational practices have not been able to manage these threats effectively.

This workshop continues the efforts of the previous years to provide a forum to bring together ideas, understanding and experiences bearing on the worm problem from a wide range of communities, including academia, industry and the government. We are soliciting papers from researchers and practitioners on subjects including, but not limited to:

WORM aims to be a true workshop, with a primary goal of fostering the development of preliminary work and helping nucleate a worm-research community. To this end, WORM is open to two distinct classes of submissions.

First and foremost, we invite traditional paper submissions describing original work to appear in the WORM Proceedings to be published by ACM. Such submissions must not have been previously published and must not be in simultaneous submission elsewhere.

However, WORM is also open to presentations of high-quality work previously published elsewhere or in submission to ACM CCS-12. These will not appear in the proceedings, but the authors of accepted submissions of this form will be invited to present their work in the regular session at the workshop.

Finally, WORM is soliciting proposals for a discussion panel on a topic relevant to the workshop.

Submission Details:

Papers describing original work should be at most 12 pages long (single column) in an 11-point font with at least 1-inch margins. Significantly shorter papers will also be considered in terms of the degree to which they might contribute to the Workshop goals of fostering a worm-research community. All such accepted papers will appear in the ACM WORM Proceedings.

Papers submitted must be original unpublished work and must not be simultaneously submitted or under review for any other workshop, conference or journal (including ACM CCS). Any paper found to be in violation of these rules will be rejected without review. (We may share information about submissions with the program chairs of other conferences considering papers during the review period.) Papers accompanied by non-disclosure agreement forms will not be considered. All submissions are treated as confidential, both as a matter of policy and in accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.

Applications to give invited talks on work recently published, or in submission to ACM CCS-12, should include a copy of the paper clearly marked as to where it was (will be) published or the fact that it is a concurrent ACM CCS-12 submission.

Panel proposals must include the title of the panel, a 2-paragraph abstract describing the topic and why it should be of interest to the WORM community, and a list of panelists that have agreed to serve on the panel. Panels are expected to be at most 1 hour long, comprised of short presentations by the panelists followed by discussion among panel members and the audience; other formats may be used, but should be described in the proposal.

Submission Instructions:

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Papers must be received by 23:59:59 (EDT) of June 23rd, 2005. Reviews of submissions and notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to the authors no later than August 14, 2005, and, for papers to appear in the WORM Proceedings, authors will have an opportunity to revise their work by September 1st, 2005. PLEASE NOTE: Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the workshop.

Important Dates:

Paper submissions due: June 23rd, 2005
Acceptance notifications: August 14th, 2005
Camera ready copy for accepted papers: August 28th, 2005
CCS Conference: November 7-11, 2005
WORM Workshop: November 11th, 2005

Program Committee: