Detecting and classifying method based on similarity matching of Android malware behavior with profile

Jae wook Jang, Jaesung Yun, Aziz Mohaisen, Jiyoung Woo, Huy Kang Kim

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Abstract

Mass-market mobile security threats have increased recently due to the growth of mobile technologies and the popularity of mobile devices. Accordingly, techniques have been introduced for identifying, classifying, and defending against mobile threats utilizing static, dynamic, on-device, and off-device techniques. Static techniques are easy to evade, while dynamic techniques are expensive. On-device techniques are evasion, while off-device techniques need being always online. To address some of those shortcomings, we introduce Andro-profiler, a hybrid behavior based analysis and classification system for mobile malware. Andro-profiler main goals are efficiency, scalability, and accuracy. For that, Andro-profiler classifies malware by exploiting the behavior profiling extracted from the integrated system logs including system calls. Andro-profiler executes a malicious application on an emulator in order to generate the integrated system logs, and creates human-readable behavior profiles by analyzing the integrated system logs. By comparing the behavior profile of malicious application with representative behavior profile for each malware family using a weighted similarity matching technique, Andro-profiler detects and classifies it into malware families. The experiment results demonstrate that Andro-profiler is scalable, performs well in detecting and classifying malware with accuracy greater than 98 %, outperforms the existing state-of-the-art work, and is capable of identifying 0-day mobile malware samples.

Original languageEnglish
Article number273
JournalSpringerPlus
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1

Keywords

  • Android
  • Behavior profiling
  • Malware
  • Similarity
  • System call

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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