CTDroid: Leveraging a Corpus of Technical Blogs for Android Malware Analysis

Ming Fan, Xiapu Luo, Jun Liu, Chunyin Nong, Qinghua Zheng, Ting Liu

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The rapid growth of Android malware results in a large body of approaches devoted to malware analysis by leveraging machine learning algorithms. However, the effectiveness of these approaches primarily depends on the manual feature engineering process, which is time-consuming and labor-intensive based on expert knowledge and intuition. In this paper, we propose an automatic approach that engineers informative features from a corpus of Android malware related technical blogs, which are written in a way that mirrors the human feature engineering process. However, there are two main challenges. First, it is difficult to recognize useful knowledge in the magnanimity information of thousands of blogs. To this end, we leverage natural language processing techniques to process the blogs and extract a set of sensitive behaviors that might do harmful activities to users potentially. Second, there exists a semantic gap between the extracted sensitive behaviors and the programming language. To this end, we propose two semantic matching rules to match the behaviors with concrete code snippets such that the apps can be tested experimentally. We design and implement a system called CTDroid for malware analysis, including malware detection (MD) and familial classification (FC). After the evaluation of CTDroid on a large scale of real malware and benign apps, the experimental results demonstrate that CTDroid can achieve 95.8% true positive rate with only 1% false positive rate for MD and 97.9% accuracy for FC. Furthermore, our proposed features are more informative than those of state-of-the-art approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8770262
Pages (from-to)124-138
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Reliability
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Android malware
  • informative feature
  • natural language process (NLP)
  • technical blog

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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