Malware detection using static analysis in android: A review of FeCO (features, classification, and obfuscation)

Rosmalissa, Jusoh and Ahmad Firdaus, Zainal Abidin and Anwar, Shahid and Mohd Zamri, Osman and Mohd Faaizie, Darmawan and Mohd Faizal, Ab Razak (2021) Malware detection using static analysis in android: A review of FeCO (features, classification, and obfuscation). PeerJ Computer Science, 7 (522). pp. 1-54. ISSN 2376-5992. (Published)

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Android is a free open-source operating system (OS), which allows an in-depth understanding of its architecture. Therefore, many manufacturers are utilizing this OS to produce mobile devices (smartphones, smartwatch, and smart glasses) in different brands, including Google Pixel, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony. Notably, the employment of OS leads to a rapid increase in the number of Android users. However, unethical authors tend to develop malware in the devices for wealth, fame, or private purposes. Although practitioners conduct intrusion detection analyses, such as static analysis, there is an inadequate number of review articles discussing the research efforts on this type of analysis. Therefore, this study discusses the articles published from 2009 until 2019 and analyses the steps in the static analysis (reverse engineer, features, and classification) with taxonomy. Following that, the research issue in static analysis is also highlighted. Overall, this study serves as the guidance for novice security practitioners and expert researchers in the proposal of novel research to detect malware through static analysis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Indexed by Scopus
Uncontrolled Keywords: Android; Features; Machine learning; Malware; Review; Static analysis
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Computing
Depositing User: Mr Muhamad Firdaus Janih@Jaini
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2022 02:19
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2022 02:19
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