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Fast automated unpacking and classification of malware

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Silvio CesareSilvio Cesare
"Malware is a pervasive problem in distributed computer and network systems. Identification of malware variants provides great benefit in early detection. Control flow has been proposed as a characteristic that can be identified across variants, resulting in classificaiton empoying flowgraph based signatures. Static analysis is widely used to construct the signatures but can be ineffective if malware undergoes a code packing transforrmation to hide its real content. This thesis proposes a novel system, names Malwise, for malware classification using a fast application level emulator to reverse the code packing transformation, and two flowgraph matching algorithms to perform classification: exact flowgraph matching and approximate flowgraph matching"--Abstract.



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Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education;

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Dr Yang Xiang

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Master's by Research Thesis