Client Honeyopt Patent Dec 21 2007 07:07PM
Lance Spitzner (lance honeynet org)

I just found out the US Patent office has started an interesting
online Wiki for submitting prior art for specific patents. It looks
like this is a trial program. I also just found out they have
Microsoft's patent application for client honeypots (called
HoneyMonkey). If you have done any research in this field I highly
recommend you go there and submit your prior work. Right now they
have none listed which has me concerned. In addition, you have only 5
days left to submit a claim. I went through the application, they
have 5 different claims. To prove prior art you have to select a
specific claim and demonstrate prior art for that claim. The filing
date is 01 March, 2006 so your prior art has to be before that. Its
most effective to have prior art a year before the filing. Claim #1
appears to be the most broad and the one I suggest you consider
submitting prior art one.




A system comprising: a browser that is capable of visiting network
locations as represented by uniform resource locators (URLs); and a
browser-based vulnerability exploit detector that directs the browser
to visit a given URL by making an information request to the given
URL; the browser-based vulnerability exploit detector adapted to
detect if the given URL accomplishes an exploit on the system after
the browser makes the information request to the given URL."

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