Publication detail

Design of a Retargetable Decompiler for a Static Platform-Independent Malware Analysis

ĎURFINA, L. KŘOUSTEK, J. ZEMEK, P. KOLÁŘ, D. HRUŠKA, T. MASAŘÍK, K. MEDUNA, A.

Original Title

Design of a Retargetable Decompiler for a Static Platform-Independent Malware Analysis

English Title

Design of a Retargetable Decompiler for a Static Platform-Independent Malware Analysis

Type

journal article - other

Language

en

Original Abstract

Together with the massive expansion of smartphones, tablets, and other smart devices, we can notice a growing number of malware threats targeting these platforms. Software security companies are not prepared for such diversity of target platforms and there are only few techniques for platform-independent malware analysis. This is a major security issue these days. In this paper, we propose a concept of a retargetable reverse compiler (i.e. a decompiler), which is in an early stage of development. The retargetable decompiler transforms platform-specific binary applications into a high-level language (HLL) representation, which can be further analyzed in a uniform way. This tool will help with a static platform-independent malware analysis. Our unique solution is based on an exploitation of two systems that were originally not intended for such an application - the architecture description language (ADL) ISAC for a platform description and the LLVM Compiler System as the core of the decompiler. In this study, we show that our tool can produce highly readable HLL code.

English abstract

Together with the massive expansion of smartphones, tablets, and other smart devices, we can notice a growing number of malware threats targeting these platforms. Software security companies are not prepared for such diversity of target platforms and there are only few techniques for platform-independent malware analysis. This is a major security issue these days. In this paper, we propose a concept of a retargetable reverse compiler (i.e. a decompiler), which is in an early stage of development. The retargetable decompiler transforms platform-specific binary applications into a high-level language (HLL) representation, which can be further analyzed in a uniform way. This tool will help with a static platform-independent malware analysis. Our unique solution is based on an exploitation of two systems that were originally not intended for such an application - the architecture description language (ADL) ISAC for a platform description and the LLVM Compiler System as the core of the decompiler. In this study, we show that our tool can produce highly readable HLL code.

Keywords

decompilation, reverse engineering, malware, LLVM, Lissom, ISAC

RIV year

2011

Released

31.10.2011

Publisher

NEUVEDEN

Location

NEUVEDEN

Pages from

91

Pages to

106

Pages count

16

Documents

BibTex


@article{BUT76436,
  author="Lukáš {Ďurfina} and Jakub {Křoustek} and Petr {Zemek} and Dušan {Kolář} and Tomáš {Hruška} and Karel {Masařík} and Alexandr {Meduna}",
  title="Design of a Retargetable Decompiler for a Static Platform-Independent Malware Analysis",
  annote="Together with the massive expansion of smartphones, tablets, and other smart
devices, we can notice a growing number of malware threats targeting these
platforms. Software security companies are not prepared for such diversity of
target platforms and there are only few techniques for platform-independent
malware analysis. This is a major security issue these days. In this paper, we
propose a concept of a retargetable reverse compiler (i.e. a decompiler), which
is in an early stage of development. The retargetable decompiler transforms
platform-specific binary applications into a high-level language (HLL)
representation, which can be further analyzed in a uniform way. This tool will
help with a static platform-independent malware analysis. Our unique solution is
based on an exploitation of two systems that were originally not intended for
such an application - the architecture description language (ADL) ISAC for
a platform description and the LLVM Compiler System as the core of the
decompiler. In this study, we show that our tool can produce highly readable HLL
code.",
  address="NEUVEDEN",
  chapter="76436",
  edition="NEUVEDEN",
  howpublished="online",
  institution="NEUVEDEN",
  number="4",
  volume="5",
  year="2011",
  month="october",
  pages="91--106",
  publisher="NEUVEDEN",
  type="journal article - other"
}