Android Malware Detection Using Parallel Machine Learning Classifiers

Date

2014-12-15

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IEEE

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Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Mobile malware has continued to grow at an alarming rate despite on-going mitigation efforts. This has been much more prevalent on Android due to being an open platform that is rapidly overtaking other competing platforms in the mobile smart devices market. Recently, a new generation of Android malware families has emerged with advanced evasion capabilities which make them much more difficult to detect using conventional methods. This paper proposes and investigates a parallel machine learning based classification approach for early detection of Android malware. Using real malware samples and benign applications, a composite classification model is developed from parallel combination of heterogeneous classifiers. The empirical evaluation of the model under different combination schemes demonstrates its efficacy and potential to improve detection accuracy. More importantly, by utilizing several classifiers with diverse characteristics, their strengths can be harnessed not only for enhanced Android malware detection but also quicker white box analysis by means of the more interpretable constituent classifiers.

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Keywords

Android, Malware detection, Mobile security, Data mining, Machine learning, Smart phone security, static analysis, Data security

Citation

Yerima, S. Y., Sezer, S., Muttik, I. (2014) Android malware detection using parallel machine learning classifiers. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Next Generation Mobile Apps, Services and Technologies, Oxford, UK, September 2014, pp 37-42.

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Cyber Technology Institute (CTI)