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Euphony: harmonious unification of cacophonous anti-virus vendor labels for Android malware

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Médéric Hurier, Guillermo Suarez-Tangil, Santanu Kumar Dash, Tegawendé F Bissyandé, Yves Le Traon, Jacques Klein, Lorenzo Cavallaro

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Mining Software Repositories
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2017

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small Acceptance Rate: 17%


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Android malware is now pervasive and evolving rapidly. Thousands of malware samples are discovered every day with new models of attacks. The growth of these threats has come hand in hand with the proliferation of collective repositories sharing the latest specimens. Having access to a large number of samples opens new research directions aiming at efficiently vetting apps. However, automatically inferring a reference ground-truth from those repositories is not straightforward and can inadvertently lead to unforeseen misconceptions. On the one hand, samples are often mis-labeled as different parties use distinct naming schemes for the same sample. On the other hand, samples are frequently mis-classified due to conceptual errors made during labeling processes. In this paper, we analyze the associations between all labels given by different vendors and we propose a system called EUPHONY to systematically unify common samples into family groups. The key novelty of our approach is that no a-priori knowledge on malware families is needed. We evaluate our approach using reference datasets and more than 0.4 million additional samples outside of these datasets. Results show that EUPHONY provides competitive performance against the state-of-the-art.

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