I have a question about malware. Malware attacks a machine through an attack vector. When it infiltrates the machine, it "unleashes" the payload. Now, let's say that I am infected by a virus, which was downloaded and installed without my knowledge via an internet webpage (or a pop-up or whatever).
So, the attack vector is the delivery method, the payload is the actual malware. What is the term for a function/method, which called, initiates the transfer of the virus (from a webpage)?
To elaborate, by my understanding for a person to actually get infected by malware, there has to be a 3 step process. I do not know the term for step 1.
1 = ?
2 = Attack Vector
3 = Payload
Step 1 initiates the Attack Vector. IE. it detects the vulnerability of the FlashPlayer.
A malware infection consists of all 3 steps, yes?