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ASE 2020
Mon 21 - Fri 25 September 2020 Melbourne, Australia
Tue 22 Sep 2020 17:50 - 18:00 at Koala - AI for Software Engineering (1) Chair(s): Tingting Yu

This paper investigates the problem of classifying Android applications into malicious and benign. We analyze the performance of a popular malware detection tool, Drebin, on malware datasets commonly used in an academic setup and show that the high detection accuracy often stems from learning benign rather than malicious indicators. That, effectively, turns the malware detection tools into benign app detectors. Yet, in practice, malware samples are often larger and can exhibit many behaviors similar to those of benign apps. Under such a challenging setup, looking for benign indicators becomes ineffective and the ability of the tools to detect malware degrades substantially.

In this paper, we propose an approach for identifying malicious portions of an app in the presence of numerous benign features, effectively eliminating “noise” and focusing the detection on truly malicious indicators.We also propose a novel metric estimating the “reasons” for correct malware classification, i.e., whether it is based on the presence of malicious indicators or the absence of benign ones. We show that our proposed approach is effective in both increasing the “standard” classification accuracy and in making more “justifiable” classification decisions.

Tue 22 Sep
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17:10 - 18:10: AI for Software Engineering (1)Research Papers / NIER track at Koala
Chair(s): Tingting YuUniversity of Kentucky
17:10 - 17:30
DeepTC-Enhancer: Improving the Readability of Automatically Generated Tests
Research Papers
Devjeet RoyWashington State University, Ziyi ZhangWashington State University, Maggie MaWashington State University, Venera ArnaoudovaWashington State University, Annibale PanichellaDelft University of Technology, Sebastiano PanichellaZurich University of Applied Sciences, Danielle GonzalezRochester Institute of Technology, USA, Mehdi MirakhorliRochester Institute of Technology
17:30 - 17:50
Hybrid Deep Neural Networks to Infer State Models of Black-Box Systems
Research Papers
Mohammad Jafar MashhadiUniversity of Calgary, Hadi HemmatiUniversity of Calgary
17:50 - 18:00
On Benign Features in Malware Detection
NIER track
Michael CaoThe University of British Columbia, Sahar BadihiUniversity of British Columbia, Canada, Khaled AhmedThe University of British Columbia, Peiyu XiongThe University of British Columbia, Julia RubinUniversity of British Columbia, Canada