A vector in computing, specifically when talking about malicious code such as viruses or worms, is the method that this code uses to propagate itself or infect a computer. This sense is similar to, and derived from, its meaning in biology.
Some common vectors:
- buffer overflows — this is how the Blaster worm was able to propagate
- networking protocol flaws
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