In a computer program, a logic bomb, also called slag code, is programming code, inserted surreptitiously or intentionally, that is designed to execute (or "explode") under circumstances such as the lapse of a certain amount of time or the failure of a a program user to respond to a program command. It is in effect a delayed-action computer virus or Trojan horse. A logic bomb, when "exploded," may be designed to display or print a spurious message, delete or corrupt data, or have other undesirable effects.
By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers.
Some logic bombs can be detected and eliminated before they execute through a periodic scan of all computer files, including compressed files, with an up-to-date anti-virus program. For best results, the auto-protect and e-mail screening functions of the anti-virus program should be activated by the computer user whenever the machine is online. In a network, each computer should be individually protected, in addition to whatever protection is provided by the network adminstrator. Unfortunately, even this precaution does not guarantee 100-percent system immunity.
Continue Reading About logic bomb (slag code)
- The Information Security Glossary describes logic bombs that can be created by disgruntled employees.