Android malware detection using feature fusion and artificial data


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Author list: Shahzad, Raja Khurram

Publication year: 2018

Start page: 702

End page: 709

Number of pages: 8

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/DASC/PiCom/DataCom/CyberSciTec.2018.00123

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For the Android malware detection / classification anti-malware community has relied on traditional malware detection methods as a countermeasure. However, traditional detection methods are developed for detecting the computer malware, which is different from Android malware in structure and characteristics. Thus, they may not be useful for Android malware detection. Moreover, majority of suggested detection approaches may not be generalized and are incapable of detecting zero-day malware due to different reasons such as available data set with specific set of examples. Thus, their detection accuracy may be questionable. To address this problem, this paper presents a malware classification approach with a reliable detection accuracy and evaluate the approach using artificially generated examples. The suggested approach generates the signature profiles and behavior profiles of each application in the data set, which are further used as input for the classification task. For improving the detection accuracy, feature fusion of features from filter methods and wrapper method and algorithm fusion is investigated. Without affecting the detection accuracy, the optimal balance between real world examples and synthetic examples is also investigated. The experimental results suggest that both AUC and F1 can be obtained up to 0.94 for both known and unknown malware using original examples and synthetic examples.


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