Software transformations to improve malware detection

Mihai Christodorescu, Somesh Jha, Johannes Kinder, Stefan Katzenbeisser, Helmut Veith

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Malware is code designed for a malicious purpose, such as obtaining root privilege on a host. A malware detector identifies malware and thus prevents it from adversely affecting a host. In order to evade detection, malware writers use various obfuscation techniques to transform their malware. There is strong evidence that commercial malware detectors are susceptible to these evasion tactics. In this paper, we describe the design and implementation of a malware transformer that reverses the obfuscations performed by a malware writer. Our experimental evaluation demonstrates that this malware transformer can drastically improve the detection rates of commercial malware detectors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-265
JournalJournal in Computer Virology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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