Adaptive unpacking of android apps

Lei Xue, Xiapu Luo, Le Yu, Shuai Wang, Dinghao Wu

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Abstract

More and more app developers use the packing services (or packers) to prevent attackers from reverse engineering and modifying the executable (or Dex files) of their apps. At the same time, malware authors also use the packers to hide the malicious component and evade the signature-based detection. Although there are a few recent studies on unpacking Android apps, it has been shown that the evolving packers can easily circumvent them because they are not adaptive to the changes of packers. In this paper, we propose a novel adaptive approach and develop a new system, named PackerGrind, to unpack Android apps. We also evaluate PackerGrind with real packed apps, and the results show that PackerGrind can successfully reveal the packers' protection mechanisms and recover the Dex files with low overhead, showing that our approach can effectively handle the evolution of packers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE/ACM 39th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages358-369
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781538638682
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 19 2017
Event39th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2017 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: May 20 2017May 28 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2017 IEEE/ACM 39th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2017

Other

Other39th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2017
CountryArgentina
CityBuenos Aires
Period5/20/175/28/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Software

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    Xue, L., Luo, X., Yu, L., Wang, S., & Wu, D. (2017). Adaptive unpacking of android apps. In Proceedings - 2017 IEEE/ACM 39th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2017 (pp. 358-369). [7985676] (Proceedings - 2017 IEEE/ACM 39th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2017). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSE.2017.40