The Chinese University of Hong Kong
With the rising threat of smartphone malware, both academic community and commercial anti-virus companies proposed many methodologies and products to defend against smartphone malware. Thus, how to assess the effectiveness of these defense mechanisms against existing and unknown malware becomes important. The authors propose ADAM, an automated and extensible system that can evaluate, via large-scale stress tests, the effectiveness of anti-virus systems against a variety of malware samples for the Android platform. Specifically, ADAMcan automatically transform an original malware sample to different variants via repackaging and obfuscation techniques in order to evaluate the robustness of different anti-virus systems against malware mutation.