Detecting Packed Executables using Steganalysis

Colin Burgess, Fatih Kurugollu, Sakir Sezer, Keiran McLaughlin

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This paper proposes a novel method of detecting packed executable files using steganalysis, primarily targeting the detection of obfuscated malware through packing. Considering that over 80% of malware in the wild is packed, detection accuracy and low false negative rates are important properties of malware detection methods. Experimental results outlined in this paper reveal that the proposed approach achieving an overall detection accuracy of greater than 99%, a false negative rate of 1% and a false positive rate of 0%.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th European Workshop on Visual Information Processing (EUVIP)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4799-4572-6
ISBN (Print)9781479945719
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
Event5th European Workshop on Visual Information Processing, EUVIP 2014 - Paris, France
Duration: 10 Dec 201412 Dec 2014


Conference5th European Workshop on Visual Information Processing, EUVIP 2014


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