Dynamic, Resilient Detection of Complex Malicious Functionalities in the System Call Domain

Date Added: Oct 2010
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A novel approach to malware detection by recognizing known inter-process and intra-process malicious functionalities in software behavior is proposed. It encompasses two essential tasks: the specification of a functionality that may involve a joint activity of several apparently independent processes, and efficient recognition of the specified functionality in the process behavior. The robustness of the proposed technology is achieved by the generalization of the specification domain that is separated from the detection domain. The functionalities of interest are defined in the abstract system domain through activity diagrams, thus resulting in formal specifications that are rather generic and less prone to false negatives.