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Malware Images: Visualization and Automatic Classification

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We propose a simple yet effective method for visualizing and classifying malware using image processing techniques. Malware binaries are visualized as gray-scale images, with the observation that for many malware families, the images belonging to the same family appear very similar in layout and texture. Motivated by this visual similarity, a classification method using standard image features is proposed. Neither disassembly nor code execution is required for classification. Preliminary experimental results are quite promising with 98% classification accuracy on a malware database of 9,458 samples with 25 different malware families. Our technique also exhibits interesting resilience to popular obfuscation techniques such as section encryption.

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Authors:
S. Karthikeyan, Gregoire Jacob, B.S. Manjunath
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23 February 2016 - 1:43pm
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[1] S. Karthikeyan, Gregoire Jacob, B.S. Manjunath, "Malware Images: Visualization and Automatic Classification", IEEE SigPort, 2015. [Online]. Available: http://sigport.org/218. Accessed: Jul. 18, 2019.
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S. Karthikeyan, Gregoire Jacob, B.S. Manjunath. (2015). Malware Images: Visualization and Automatic Classification. IEEE SigPort. http://sigport.org/218
S. Karthikeyan, Gregoire Jacob, B.S. Manjunath, 2015. Malware Images: Visualization and Automatic Classification. Available at: http://sigport.org/218.
S. Karthikeyan, Gregoire Jacob, B.S. Manjunath. (2015). "Malware Images: Visualization and Automatic Classification." Web.
1. S. Karthikeyan, Gregoire Jacob, B.S. Manjunath. Malware Images: Visualization and Automatic Classification [Internet]. IEEE SigPort; 2015. Available from : http://sigport.org/218