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Zheng, J., Li, Y., Hou, Y., Gao, M., Zhou, A..  2017.  BMNR: Design and Implementation a Benchmark for Metrics of Network Robustness. 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Knowledge (ICBK). :320–325.

The network robustness is defined by how well its vertices are connected to each other to keep the network strong and sustainable. The change of network robustness may reveal events as well as periodic trend patterns that affect the interactions among vertices in the network. The evaluation of network robustness may be helpful to many applications, such as event detection, disease transmission, and network security, etc. There are many existing metrics to evaluate the robustness of networks, for example, node connectivity, edge connectivity, algebraic connectivity, graph expansion, R-energy, and so on. It is a natural and urgent problem how to choose a reasonable metric to effectively measure and evaluate the network robustness in the real applications. In this paper, based on some general principles, we design and implement a benchmark, namely BMNR, for the metrics of network robustness. The benchmark consists of graph generator, graph attack and robustness metric evaluation. We find that R-energy can evaluate both connected and disconnected graphs, and can be computed more efficiently.

Jiang, Z., Zhou, A., Liu, L., Jia, P., Liu, L., Zuo, Z..  2017.  CrackDex: Universal and automatic DEX extraction method. 2017 7th IEEE International Conference on Electronics Information and Emergency Communication (ICEIEC). :53–60.

With Android application packing technology evolving, there are more and more ways to harden APPs. Manually unpacking APPs becomes more difficult as the time needed for analyzing increase exponentially. At the beginning, the packing technology is designed to prevent APPs from being easily decompiled, tampered and re-packed. But unfortunately, many malicious APPs start to use packing service to protect themselves. At present, most of the antivirus software focus on APPs that are unpacked, which means if malicious APPs apply the packing service, they can easily escape from a lot of antivirus software. Therefore, we should not only emphasize the importance of packing, but also concentrate on the unpacking technology. Only by doing this can we protect the normal APPs, and not miss any harmful APPs at the same time. In this paper, we first systematically study a lot of DEX packing and unpacking technologies, then propose and develop a universal unpacking system, named CrackDex, which is capable of extracting the original DEX file from the packed APP. We propose three core technologies: simulation execution, DEX reassembling, and DEX restoration, to get the unpacked DEX file. CrackDex is a part of the Dalvik virtual machine, and it monitors the execution of functions to locate the unpacking point in the portable interpreter, then launches the simulation execution, collects the data of original DEX file through corresponding structure pointer, finally fulfills the unpacking process by reassembling the data collected. The results of our experiments show that CrackDex can be used to effectively unpack APPs that are packed by packing service in a universal approach without any other knowledge of packing service.