Droidminer: Automated Mining and Characterization of Fine-Grained Malicious Behaviors in Android Applications


Yang, C., Xu, Z., Gu, G., Yegneswaran, V., & Porras, P. (2014, 7-11 September). DroidMiner: automated mining and characterization of fine-grained malicious behaviors in android applications. Paper presented at the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS’14) Wroclaw, Poland.


DroidMiner is a new malicious Android app detection system that uses static analysis to automatically mine malicious program logic from known Android malware. DroidMiner uses a behavioral graph to abstract malware program logic into a sequence of threat modalities, and then applies machine-learning techniques to identify and label elements of the graph that match harvested threat modalities. Once trained on a mobile malware corpus, DroidMiner can automatically scan a new Android app to (i) determine whether it contains malicious modalities, (ii) diagnose the malware family to which it is most closely associated, and (iii) precisely characterize behaviors found within the analyzed app. While DroidMiner is not the first to attempt automated classification of Android applications based on Framework API calls, it is distinguished by its development of modalities that are resistant to noise insertions and its use of associative rule mining that enables automated association of malicious behaviors with modalities. We evaluate DroidMiner using 2,466 malicious apps, identified from a corpus of over 67,000 third-party market Android apps, plus an additional set of over 10,000 official market Android apps. Using this set of real-world apps, DroidMiner achieves a 95.3% detection rate, with a 0.4% false positive rate. We further evaluate DroidMiner’s ability to classify malicious apps under their proper family labels, and measure its label accuracy at 92%.

Keywords: Mobile Security, Android Malware Analysis and Detection.

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