Classification of Malware by Using Structural Entropy on Convolutional Neural Networks


  • Daniel Gibert University of Lleida
  • Carles Mateu University of Lleida
  • Jordi Planes University of Lleida
  • Ramon Vicens Blueliv, Leap in Value


Malware Classification, Entropy Analysis, Convolutional Neural Networks


The number of malicious programs has grown both in number and in sophistication. Analyzing the malicious intent of vast amounts of data requires huge resources and thus, effective categorization of malware is required. In this paper, the content of a malicious program is represented as an entropy stream, where each value describes the amount of entropy of a small chunk of code in a specific location of the file. Wavelet transforms are then applied to this entropy signal to describe the variation in the entropic energy. Motivated by the visual similarity between streams of entropy of malicious software belonging to the same family, we propose a file agnostic deep learning approach for categorization of malware. Our method exploits the fact that most variants are generated by using common obfuscation techniques and that compression and encryption algorithms retain some properties present in the original code. This allows us to find discriminative patterns that almost all variants in a family share. Our method has been evaluated using the data provided by Microsoft for the BigData Innovators Gathering Anti-Malware Prediction Challenge, and achieved promising results in comparison with the State of the Art.




How to Cite

Gibert, D., Mateu, C., Planes, J., & Vicens, R. (2018). Classification of Malware by Using Structural Entropy on Convolutional Neural Networks. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 32(1). Retrieved from