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2019-07-01
Clemente, C. J., Jaafar, F., Malik, Y..  2018.  Is Predicting Software Security Bugs Using Deep Learning Better Than the Traditional Machine Learning Algorithms? 2018 IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability and Security (QRS). :95–102.

Software insecurity is being identified as one of the leading causes of security breaches. In this paper, we revisited one of the strategies in solving software insecurity, which is the use of software quality metrics. We utilized a multilayer deep feedforward network in examining whether there is a combination of metrics that can predict the appearance of security-related bugs. We also applied the traditional machine learning algorithms such as decision tree, random forest, naïve bayes, and support vector machines and compared the results with that of the Deep Learning technique. The results have successfully demonstrated that it was possible to develop an effective predictive model to forecast software insecurity based on the software metrics and using Deep Learning. All the models generated have shown an accuracy of more than sixty percent with Deep Learning leading the list. This finding proved that utilizing Deep Learning methods and a combination of software metrics can be tapped to create a better forecasting model thereby aiding software developers in predicting security bugs.

Medeiros, N., Ivaki, N., Costa, P., Vieira, M..  2018.  An Approach for Trustworthiness Benchmarking Using Software Metrics. 2018 IEEE 23rd Pacific Rim International Symposium on Dependable Computing (PRDC). :84–93.
Trustworthiness is a paramount concern for users and customers in the selection of a software solution, specially in the context of complex and dynamic environments, such as Cloud and IoT. However, assessing and benchmarking trustworthiness (worthiness of software for being trusted) is a challenging task, mainly due to the variety of application scenarios (e.g., businesscritical, safety-critical), the large number of determinative quality attributes (e.g., security, performance), and last, but foremost, due to the subjective notion of trust and trustworthiness. In this paper, we present trustworthiness as a measurable notion in relative terms based on security attributes and propose an approach for the assessment and benchmarking of software. The main goal is to build a trustworthiness assessment model based on software metrics (e.g., Cyclomatic Complexity, CountLine, CBO) that can be used as indicators of software security. To demonstrate the proposed approach, we assessed and ranked several files and functions of the Mozilla Firefox project based on their trustworthiness score and conducted a survey among several software security experts in order to validate the obtained rank. Results show that our approach is able to provide a sound ranking of the benchmarked software.
Carrasco, A., Ropero, J., Clavijo, P. Ruiz de, Benjumea, J., Luque, A..  2018.  A Proposal for a New Way of Classifying Network Security Metrics: Study of the Information Collected through a Honeypot. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability and Security Companion (QRS-C). :633–634.
Nowadays, honeypots are a key tool to attract attackers and study their activity. They help us in the tasks of evaluating attacker's behaviour, discovering new types of attacks, and collecting information and statistics associated with them. However, the gathered data cannot be directly interpreted, but must be analyzed to obtain useful information. In this paper, we present a SSH honeypot-based system designed to simulate a vulnerable server. Thus, we propose an approach for the classification of metrics from the data collected by the honeypot along 19 months.
Ammar, Zakariya, AlSharif, Ahmad.  2018.  Deployment of IoT-based Honeynet Model. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information Technology: IoT and Smart City. :134–139.
This paper deals with the developing model of a honeynet that depends on the Internet of things (IoT). Due to significant of industrial services, such model helps enhancement of information security detection in industrial domain, the model is designed to detect adversaries whom attempt to attack industrial control systems (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. The model consists of hardware and software aspects, designed to focus on ICS services that managed remotely via SCADA systems. In order to prove the work of the model, a few of security tools are used such as Shodan, Nmap and others. These tools have been applied locally inside LAN and globally via internet to get proving results. Ultimately, results contain a list of protocols and ports that represent industry control services. To clarify outputs, it contains tcp/udp ports 623, 102, 1025 and 161 which represent respectively IPMI, S7comm, KAMSTRAP and SNMP services.
Rosa, F. De Franco, Jino, M., Bueno, P. Marcos Siqueira, Bonacin, R..  2018.  Coverage-Based Heuristics for Selecting Assessment Items from Security Standards: A Core Set Proposal. 2018 Workshop on Metrology for Industry 4.0 and IoT. :192-197.

In the realm of Internet of Things (IoT), information security is a critical issue. Security standards, including their assessment items, are essential instruments in the evaluation of systems security. However, a key question remains open: ``Which test cases are most effective for security assessment?'' To create security assessment designs with suitable assessment items, we need to know the security properties and assessment dimensions covered by a standard. We propose an approach for selecting and analyzing security assessment items; its foundations come from a set of assessment heuristics and it aims to increase the coverage of assessment dimensions and security characteristics in assessment designs. The main contribution of this paper is the definition of a core set of security assessment heuristics. We systematize the security assessment process by means of a conceptual formalization of the security assessment area. Our approach can be applied to security standards to select or to prioritize assessment items with respect to 11 security properties and 6 assessment dimensions. The approach is flexible allowing the inclusion of dimensions and properties. Our proposal was applied to a well know security standard (ISO/IEC 27001) and its assessment items were analyzed. The proposal is meant to support: (i) the generation of high-coverage assessment designs, which include security assessment items with assured coverage of the main security characteristics, and (ii) evaluation of security standards with respect to the coverage of security aspects.

Li, D., Zhang, Z., Liao, W., Xu, Z..  2018.  KLRA: A Kernel Level Resource Auditing Tool For IoT Operating System Security. 2018 IEEE/ACM Symposium on Edge Computing (SEC). :427-432.

Nowadays, the rapid development of the Internet of Things facilitates human life and work, while it also brings great security risks to the society due to the frequent occurrence of various security issues. IoT device has the characteristics of large-scale deployment and single responsibility application, which makes it easy to cause a chain reaction and results in widespread privacy leakage and system security problems when the software vulnerability is identified. It is difficult to guarantee that there is no security hole in the IoT operating system which is usually designed for MCU and has no kernel mode. An alternative solution is to identify the security issues in the first time when the system is hijacked and suspend the suspicious task before it causes irreparable damage. This paper proposes KLRA (A Kernel Level Resource Auditing Tool) for IoT Operating System Security This tool collects the resource-sensitive events in the kernel and audit the the resource consumption pattern of the system at the same time. KLRA can take fine-grained events measure with low cost and report the relevant security warning in the first time when the behavior of the system is abnormal compared with daily operations for the real responsibility of this device. KLRA enables the IoT operating system for MCU to generate the security early warning and thereby provides a self-adaptive heuristic security mechanism for the entire IoT system.

Modi, F. M., Desai, M. R., Soni, D. R..  2018.  A Third Party Audit Mechanism for Cloud Based Storage Using File Versioning and Change Tracking Mechanism. 2018 International Conference on Inventive Research in Computing Applications (ICIRCA). :521-523.

Cloud storage is an exclusive resource in cloud computing, which helps to store and share the data on cloud storage server. Clients upload the data and its hash information n server together on cloud storage. The file owner always concern about data security like privacy and unauthorized access to third party. The owner also wants to ensure the integrity data during communication process. To ensure integrity, we propose a framework based on third party auditor which checks the integrity and correctness of data during audit process. Our aim is to design custom hash for the file which is not only justifies the integrity but also version information about file.

Rasin, A., Wagner, J., Heart, K., Grier, J..  2018.  Establishing Independent Audit Mechanisms for Database Management Systems. 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST). :1-7.

The pervasive use of databases for the storage of critical and sensitive information in many organizations has led to an increase in the rate at which databases are exploited in computer crimes. While there are several techniques and tools available for database forensic analysis, such tools usually assume an apriori database preparation, such as relying on tamper-detection software to already be in place and the use of detailed logging. Further, such tools are built-in and thus can be compromised or corrupted along with the database itself. In practice, investigators need forensic and security audit tools that work on poorlyconfigured systems and make no assumptions about the extent of damage or malicious hacking in a database.In this paper, we present our database forensics methods, which are capable of examining database content from a storage (disk or RAM) image without using any log or file system metadata. We describe how these methods can be used to detect security breaches in an untrusted environment where the security threat arose from a privileged user (or someone who has obtained such privileges). Finally, we argue that a comprehensive and independent audit framework is necessary in order to detect and counteract threats in an environment where the security breach originates from an administrator (either at database or operating system level).

2019-06-28
Park, Younghee, Hu, Hongxin, Yuan, Xiaohong, Li, Hongda.  2018.  Enhancing Security Education Through Designing SDN Security Labs in CloudLab. Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. :185-190.

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) represents a major shift from ossified hardware-based networks to programmable software-based networks. It introduces significant granularity, visibility, and flexibility into networking, but at the same time brings new security challenges. Although the research community is making progress in addressing both the opportunities in SDN and the accompanying security challenges, very few educational materials have been designed to incorporate the latest research results and engage students in learning about SDN security. In this paper, we presents our newly designed SDN security education materials, which can be used to meet the ever-increasing demand for high quality cybersecurity professionals with expertise in SDN security. The designed security education materials incorporate the latest research results in SDN security and are integrated into CloudLab, an open cloud platform, for effective hands-on learning. Through a user study, we demonstrate that students have a better understanding of SDN security after participating in these well-designed CloudLab-based security labs, and they also acquired strong research interests in SDN security.

Park, Taejune, Xu, Zhaoyan, Shin, Seungwon.  2018.  HEX Switch: Hardware-Assisted Security Extensions of OpenFlow. Proceedings of the 2018 Workshop on Security in Softwarized Networks: Prospects and Challenges. :33-39.

Software-defined networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) have inspired security researchers to devise new security applications for these new network technology. However, since SDN and NFV are basically faithful to operating a network, they only focus on providing features related to network control. Therefore, it is challenging to implement complex security functions such as packet payload inspection. Several studies have addressed this challenge through an SDN data plane extension, but there were problems with performance and control interfaces. In this paper, we introduce a new data plane architecture, HEX which leverages existing data plane architectures for SDN to enable network security applications in an SDN environment efficiently and effectively. HEX provides security services as a set of OpenFlow actions ensuring high performance and a function of handling multiple SDN actions with a simple control command. We implemented a DoS detector and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) as the prototype features of HEX using the NetFPGA-1G-CML, and our evaluation results demonstrate that HEX can provide security services as a line-rate performance.

Kulik, T., Tran-Jørgensen, P. W. V., Boudjadar, J., Schultz, C..  2018.  A Framework for Threat-Driven Cyber Security Verification of IoT Systems. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation Workshops (ICSTW). :89-97.

Industrial control systems are changing from monolithic to distributed and interconnected architectures, entering the era of industrial IoT. One fundamental issue is that security properties of such distributed control systems are typically only verified empirically, during development and after system deployment. We propose a novel modelling framework for the security verification of distributed industrial control systems, with the goal of moving towards early design stage formal verification. In our framework we model industrial IoT infrastructures, attack patterns, and mitigation strategies for countering attacks. We conduct model checking-based formal analysis of system security through scenario execution, where the analysed system is exposed to attacks and implement mitigation strategies. We study the applicability of our framework for large systems using a scalability analysis.

2019-06-24
Izurieta, C., Kimball, K., Rice, D., Valentien, T..  2018.  A Position Study to Investigate Technical Debt Associated with Security Weaknesses. 2018 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Technical Debt (TechDebt). :138–142.

Context: Managing technical debt (TD) associated with potential security breaches found during design can lead to catching vulnerabilities (i.e., exploitable weaknesses) earlier in the software lifecycle; thus, anticipating TD principal and interest that can have decidedly negative impacts on businesses. Goal: To establish an approach to help assess TD associated with security weaknesses by leveraging the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) and its scoring mechanism, the Common Weakness Scoring System (CWSS). Method: We present a position study with a five-step approach employing the Quamoco quality model to operationalize the scoring of architectural CWEs. Results: We use static analysis to detect design level CWEs, calculate their CWSS scores, and provide a relative ranking of weaknesses that help practitioners identify the highest risks in an organization with a potential to impact TD. Conclusion: CWSS is a community agreed upon method that should be leveraged to help inform the ranking of security related TD items.

Chaman, Anadi, Wang, Jiaming, Sun, Jiachen, Hassanieh, Haitham, Roy Choudhury, Romit.  2018.  Ghostbuster: Detecting the Presence of Hidden Eavesdroppers. Proceedings of the 24th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking. :337–351.
This paper explores the possibility of detecting the hidden presence of wireless eavesdroppers. Such eavesdroppers employ passive receivers that only listen and never transmit any signals making them very hard to detect. In this paper, we show that even passive receivers leak RF signals on the wireless medium. This RF leakage, however, is extremely weak and buried under noise and other transmitted signals that can be 3-5 orders of magnitude larger. Hence, it is missed by today's radios. We design and build Ghostbuster, the first device that can reliably extract this leakage, even when it is buried under ongoing transmissions, in order to detect the hidden presence of eavesdroppers. Ghostbuster does not require any modifications to current transmitters and receivers and can accurately detect the eavesdropper in the presence of ongoing transmissions. Empirical results show that Ghostbuster can detect eavesdroppers with more than 95% accuracy up to 5 meters away.
Mohammad, Z., Qattam, T. A., Saleh, K..  2019.  Security Weaknesses and Attacks on the Internet of Things Applications. 2019 IEEE Jordan International Joint Conference on Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (JEEIT). :431–436.

Internet of Things (IoT) is a contemporary concept for connecting the existing things in our environment with the Internet for a sake of making the objects information are accessible from anywhere and anytime to support a modern life style based on the Internet. With the rapid development of the IoT technologies and widely spreading in most of the fields such as buildings, health, education, transportation and agriculture. Thus, the IoT applications require increasing data collection from the IoT devices to send these data to the applications or servers which collect or analyze the data, so it is a very important to secure the data and ensure that do not reach a malicious adversary. This paper reviews some attacks in the IoT applications and the security weaknesses in the IoT environment. In addition, this study presents the challenges of IoT in terms of hardware, network and software. Moreover, this paper summarizes and points to some attacks on the smart car, smart home, smart campus, smart farm and healthcare.

Wang, C., Jiang, Y., Zhao, X., Song, X., Gu, M., Sun, J..  2018.  Weak-Assert: A Weakness-Oriented Assertion Recommendation Toolkit for Program Analysis. 2018 IEEE/ACM 40th International Conference on Software Engineering: Companion (ICSE-Companion). :69–72.

Assertions are helpful in program analysis, such as software testing and verification. The most challenging part of automatically recommending assertions is to design the assertion patterns and to insert assertions in proper locations. In this paper, we develop Weak-Assert, a weakness-oriented assertion recommendation toolkit for program analysis of C code. A weakness-oriented assertion is an assertion which can help to find potential program weaknesses. Weak-Assert uses well-designed patterns to match the abstract syntax trees of source code automatically. It collects significant messages from trees and inserts assertions into proper locations of programs. These assertions can be checked by using program analysis techniques. The experiments are set up on Juliet test suite and several actual projects in Github. Experimental results show that Weak-Assert helps to find 125 program weaknesses in 26 actual projects. These weaknesses are confirmed manually to be triggered by some test cases.

Gonzalez, D., Alhenaki, F., Mirakhorli, M..  2019.  Architectural Security Weaknesses in Industrial Control Systems (ICS) an Empirical Study Based on Disclosed Software Vulnerabilities. 2019 IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA). :31–40.

Industrial control systems (ICS) are systems used in critical infrastructures for supervisory control, data acquisition, and industrial automation. ICS systems have complex, component-based architectures with many different hardware, software, and human factors interacting in real time. Despite the importance of security concerns in industrial control systems, there has not been a comprehensive study that examined common security architectural weaknesses in this domain. Therefore, this paper presents the first in-depth analysis of 988 vulnerability advisory reports for Industrial Control Systems developed by 277 vendors. We performed a detailed analysis of the vulnerability reports to measure which components of ICS have been affected the most by known vulnerabilities, which security tactics were affected most often in ICS and what are the common architectural security weaknesses in these systems. Our key findings were: (1) Human-Machine Interfaces, SCADA configurations, and PLCs were the most affected components, (2) 62.86% of vulnerability disclosures in ICS had an architectural root cause, (3) the most common architectural weaknesses were “Improper Input Validation”, followed by “Im-proper Neutralization of Input During Web Page Generation” and “Improper Authentication”, and (4) most tactic-related vulnerabilities were related to the tactics “Validate Inputs”, “Authenticate Actors” and “Authorize Actors”.

2019-06-17
Sion, Laurens, Yskout, Koen, Van Landuyt, Dimitri, Joosen, Wouter.  2018.  Risk-Based Design Security Analysis. Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Security Awareness from Design to Deployment. :11-18.

Implementing security by design in practice often involves the application of threat modeling to elicit security threats and to aid designers in focusing efforts on the most stringent problems first. Existing threat modeling methodologies are capable of generating lots of threats, yet they lack even basic support to triage these threats, except for relying on the expertise and manual assessment by the threat modeler. Since the essence of creating a secure design is to minimize associated risk (and countermeasure costs), risk analysis approaches offer a very compelling solution to this problem. By combining risk analysis and threat modeling, elicited threats in a design can be enriched with risk analysis information in order to provide support in triaging and prioritizing threats and focusing security efforts on the high-risk threats. It requires the following inputs: the asset values, the strengths of countermeasures, and an attacker model. In his paper, we provide an integrated threat elicitation and risk analysis approach, implemented in a threat modeling tool prototype, and evaluate it using a real-world application, namely the SecureDrop whistleblower submission system. We show that the security measures implemented in SecureDrop indeed correspond to the high-risk threats identified by our approach. Therefore, the risk-based security analysis provides useful guidance on focusing security efforts on the most important problems first.

Gu, R., Zhang, X., Yu, L., Zhang, J..  2018.  Enhancing Security and Scalability in Software Defined LTE Core Networks. 2018 17th IEEE International Conference On Trust, Security And Privacy In Computing And Communications/ 12th IEEE International Conference On Big Data Science And Engineering (TrustCom/BigDataSE). :837–842.

The rapid development of mobile networks has revolutionized the way of accessing the Internet. The exponential growth of mobile subscribers, devices and various applications frequently brings about excessive traffic in mobile networks. The demand for higher data rates, lower latency and seamless handover further drive the demand for the improved mobile network design. However, traditional methods can no longer offer cost-efficient solutions for better user quality of experience with fast time-to-market. Recent work adopts SDN in LTE core networks to meet the requirement. In these software defined LTE core networks, scalability and security become important design issues that must be considered seriously. In this paper, we propose a scalable channel security scheme for the software defined LTE core network. It applies the VxLAN for scalable tunnel establishment and MACsec for security enhancement. According to our evaluation, the proposed scheme not only enhances the security of the channel communication between different network components, but also improves the flexibility and scalability of the core network with little performance penalty. Moreover, it can also shed light on the design of the next generation cellular network.

Shif, L., Wang, F., Lung, C..  2018.  Improvement of security and scalability for IoT network using SD-VPN. NOMS 2018 - 2018 IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium. :1–5.

The growing interest in the smart device/home/city has resulted in increasing popularity of Internet of Things (IoT) deployment. However, due to the open and heterogeneous nature of IoT networks, there are various challenges to deploy an IoT network, among which security and scalability are the top two to be addressed. To improve the security and scalability for IoT networks, we propose a Software-Defined Virtual Private Network (SD-VPN) solution, in which each IoT application is allocated with its own overlay VPN. The VPN tunnels used in this paper are VxLAN based tunnels and we propose to use the SDN controller to push the flow table of each VPN to the related OpenvSwitch via the OpenFlow protocol. The SD-VPN solution can improve the security of an IoT network by separating the VPN traffic and utilizing service chaining. Meanwhile, it also improves the scalability by its overlay VPN nature and the VxLAN technology.

Noroozi, Hamid, Khodaei, Mohammad, Papadimitratos, Panos.  2018.  VPKIaaS: A Highly-Available and Dynamically-Scalable Vehicular Public-Key Infrastructure. Proceedings of the 11th ACM Conference on Security & Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks. :302–304.
The central building block of secure and privacy-preserving Vehicular Communication (VC) systems is a Vehicular Public-Key Infrastructure (VPKI), which provides vehicles with multiple anonymized credentials, termed pseudonyms. These pseudonyms are used to ensure message authenticity and integrity while preserving vehicle (and thus passenger) privacy. In the light of emerging large-scale multi-domain VC environments, the efficiency of the VPKI and, more broadly, its scalability are paramount. In this extended abstract, we leverage the state-of-the-art VPKI system and enhance its functionality towards a highly-available and dynamically-scalable design; this ensures that the system remains operational in the presence of benign failures or any resource depletion attack, and that it dynamically scales out, or possibly scales in, according to the requests' arrival rate. Our full-blown implementation on the Google Cloud Platform shows that deploying a VPKI for a large-scale scenario can be cost-effective, while efficiently issuing pseudonyms for the requesters.
Yang, J., Jeong, J. P..  2018.  An Automata-based Security Policy Translation for Network Security Functions. 2018 International Conference on Information and Communication Technology Convergence (ICTC). :268–272.

This paper proposes the design of a security policy translator in Interface to Network Security Functions (I2NSF) framework. Also, this paper shows the benefits of designing security policy translations. I2NSF is an architecture for providing various Network Security Functions (NSFs) to users. I2NSF user should be able to use NSF even if user has no overall knowledge of NSFs. Generally, policies which are generated by I2NSF user contain abstract data because users do not consider the attributes of NSFs when creating policies. Therefore, the I2NSF framework requires a translator that automatically finds the NSFs which is required for policy when Security Controller receives a security policy from the user and translates it for selected NSFs. We satisfied the above requirements by modularizing the translator through Automata theory.

2019-06-10
Jiang, J., Yin, Q., Shi, Z., Li, M..  2018.  Comprehensive Behavior Profiling Model for Malware Classification. 2018 IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC). :00129-00135.

In view of the great threat posed by malware and the rapid growing trend about malware variants, it is necessary to determine the category of new samples accurately for further analysis and taking appropriate countermeasures. The network behavior based classification methods have become more popular now. However, the behavior profiling models they used usually only depict partial network behavior of samples or require specific traffic selection in advance, which may lead to adverse effects on categorizing advanced malware with complex activities. In this paper, to overcome the shortages of traditional models, we raise a comprehensive behavior model for profiling the behavior of malware network activities. And we also propose a corresponding malware classification method which can extract and compare the major behavior of samples. The experimental and comparison results not only demonstrate our method can categorize samples accurately in both criteria, but also prove the advantage of our profiling model to two other approaches in accuracy performance, especially under scenario based criteria.

Jain, D., Khemani, S., Prasad, G..  2018.  Identification of Distributed Malware. 2018 IEEE 3rd International Conference on Communication and Information Systems (ICCIS). :242-246.

Smartphones have evolved over the years from simple devices to communicate with each other to fully functional portable computers although with comparatively less computational power but inholding multiple applications within. With the smartphone revolution, the value of personal data has increased. As technological complexities increase, so do the vulnerabilities in the system. Smartphones are the latest target for attacks. Android being an open source platform and also the most widely used smartphone OS draws the attention of many malware writers to exploit the vulnerabilities of it. Attackers try to take advantage of these vulnerabilities and fool the user and misuse their data. Malwares have come a long way from simple worms to sophisticated DDOS using Botnets, the latest trends in computer malware tend to go in the distributed direction, to evade the multiple anti-virus apps developed to counter generic viruses and Trojans. However, the recent trend in android system is to have a combination of applications which acts as malware. The applications are benign individually but when grouped, these may result into a malicious activity. This paper proposes a new category of distributed malware in android system, how it can be used to evade the current security, and how it can be detected with the help of graph matching algorithm.

Mpanti, Anna, Nikolopoulos, Stavros D., Polenakis, Iosif.  2018.  A Graph-Based Model for Malicious Software Detection Exploiting Domination Relations Between System-Call Groups. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies. :20-26.

In this paper, we propose a graph-based algorithmic technique for malware detection, utilizing the System-call Dependency Graphs (ScDG) obtained through taint analysis traces. We leverage the grouping of system-calls into system-call groups with respect to their functionality to merge disjoint vertices of ScDG graphs, transforming them to Group Relation Graphs (GrG); note that, the GrG graphs represent malware's behavior being hence more resilient to probable mutations of its structure. More precisely, we extend the use of GrG graphs by mapping their vertices on the plane utilizing the degrees and the vertex-weights of a specific underlying graph of the GrG graph as to compute domination relations. Furthermore, we investigate how the activity of each system-call group could be utilized in order to distinguish graph-representations of malware and benign software. The domination relations among the vertices of GrG graphs result to a new graph representation that we call Coverage Graph of the GrG graph. Finally, we evaluate the potentials of our detection model using graph similarity between Coverage Graphs of known malicious and benign software samples of various types.

Nathezhtha, T., Yaidehi, V..  2018.  Cloud Insider Attack Detection Using Machine Learning. 2018 International Conference on Recent Trends in Advance Computing (ICRTAC). :60-65.

Security has always been a major issue in cloud. Data sources are the most valuable and vulnerable information which is aimed by attackers to steal. If data is lost, then the privacy and security of every cloud user are compromised. Even though a cloud network is secured externally, the threat of an internal attacker exists. Internal attackers compromise a vulnerable user node and get access to a system. They are connected to the cloud network internally and launch attacks pretending to be trusted users. Machine learning approaches are widely used for cloud security issues. The existing machine learning based security approaches classify a node as a misbehaving node based on short-term behavioral data. These systems do not differentiate whether a misbehaving node is a malicious node or a broken node. To address this problem, this paper proposes an Improvised Long Short-Term Memory (ILSTM) model which learns the behavior of a user and automatically trains itself and stores the behavioral data. The model can easily classify the user behavior as normal or abnormal. The proposed ILSTM not only identifies an anomaly node but also finds whether a misbehaving node is a broken node or a new user node or a compromised node using the calculated trust factor. The proposed model not only detects the attack accurately but also reduces the false alarm in the cloud network.