Can Machine/Deep Learning Classifiers Detect Zero-Day Malware with High Accuracy?

Faranak Abri, Sima Siami-Namini, Mahdi Adl Khanghah, Fahimeh Mirza Soltani, Akbar Siami Namin

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Abstract

The detection of zero-day attacks and vulnerabilities is a challenging problem. It is of utmost importance for network administrators to identify them with high accuracy. The higher the accuracy is, the more robust the defense mechanism will be. In an ideal scenario (i.e., 100% accuracy) the system can detect zero-day malware without being concerned about mistakenly tagging benign files as malware or enabling disruptive malicious code running as none-malicious ones. This paper investigates different machine learning algorithms to find out how well they can detect zero-day malware. Through the examination of 34 machine/deep learning classifiers, we found that the random forest classifier offered the best accuracy. The paper poses several research questions regarding the performance of machine and deep learning algorithms when detecting zero-day malware with zero rates for false positive and false negative.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2019
EditorsChaitanya Baru, Jun Huan, Latifur Khan, Xiaohua Tony Hu, Ronay Ak, Yuanyuan Tian, Roger Barga, Carlo Zaniolo, Kisung Lee, Yanfang Fanny Ye
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3252-3259
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728108582
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2019
Event2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2019 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Dec 9 2019Dec 12 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2019

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period12/9/1912/12/19

Keywords

  • machine learning
  • zero-day vulnerability

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