Definitions Edit

Encryption Edit

A variant is "[o]ne of two or more code symbols having the same plain text equivalent.[1]

General Edit

A variant is something that varies, usually slightly, from the standard form.

Malware Edit

A variant is

a virus that is generated by modifying a known virus. Examples are modifications that add functionality or evade detection. The term variant is usually applied only when the modifications are minor in nature. An example would be changing the trigger date from Friday the 13th to Thursday the 12th.[2]

References Edit

  1. CNSSI-4009.
  2. NIST Special Publication 800-5, at §1.3.

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