• KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
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Malware Detection with Directed Cyclic Graph and Weight Merging

Vol. 15, No. 9, September 30, 2021
10.3837/tiis.2021.09.010, Download Paper (Free):

Abstract

Malware is a severe threat to the computing system and there’s a long history of the battle between malware detection and anti-detection. Most traditional detection methods are based on static analysis with signature matching and dynamic analysis methods that are focused on sensitive behaviors. However, the usual detections have only limited effect when meeting the development of malware, so that the manual update for feature sets is essential. Besides, most of these methods match target samples with the usual feature database, which ignored the characteristics of the sample itself. In this paper, we propose a new malware detection method that could combine the features of a single sample and the general features of malware. Firstly, a structure of Directed Cyclic Graph (DCG) is adopted to extract features from samples. Then the sensitivity of each API call is computed with Markov Chain. Afterward, the graph is merged with the chain to get the final features. Finally, the detectors based on machine learning or deep learning are devised for identification. To evaluate the effect and robustness of our approach, several experiments were adopted. The results showed that the proposed method had a good performance in most tests, and the approach also had stability with the development and growth of malware.


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[IEEE Style]
S. Li, Q. Zhou and W. Wei, "Malware Detection with Directed Cyclic Graph and Weight Merging," KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 15, no. 9, pp. 3258-3273, 2021. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2021.09.010.

[ACM Style]
Shanxi Li, Qingguo Zhou, and Wei Wei. 2021. Malware Detection with Directed Cyclic Graph and Weight Merging. KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, 15, 9, (2021), 3258-3273. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2021.09.010.

[BibTeX Style]
@article{tiis:24933, title="Malware Detection with Directed Cyclic Graph and Weight Merging", author="Shanxi Li and Qingguo Zhou and Wei Wei and ", journal="KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems", DOI={10.3837/tiis.2021.09.010}, volume={15}, number={9}, year="2021", month={September}, pages={3258-3273}}