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Using Code Normalization for Fighting Self-Mutating Malware

Danilo Bruschi, Lorenzo Martignoni, Mattia Monga
Technical Report 08-06, Dipartimento di Informatica e Comunicazione - Universita degli Studi di Milano, 2006.

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Self mutating malware has been introduced by computer virus writers who, in '90s, started to write polymorphic and metamorphic viruses in order to defeat anti-virus products. In this paper we present a novel approach for dealing with self mutating code which could represent the basis for a new detection strategy for this type of malware. A tool prototype has been implemented in order to validate the idea and the results are quite encouraging, and indicate that it could represent a new strategy for detecting this kind of malware

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