Accurate shellcode recognition from network traffic data using artificial neural nets

ONOTU, Patrick, DAY, David and RODRIGUES, Marcos (2015). Accurate shellcode recognition from network traffic data using artificial neural nets. In: The 28th Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computing Engineering, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, May 3-6, 2015. (In Press)

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This paper presents an approach to shellcode recognition directly from network traffic data using a multi-layer perceptron with back-propagation learning algorithm. Using raw network data composed of a mixture of shellcode, image files, and DLL-Dynamic Link Library files, our proposed design was able to classify the three types of data with high accuracy and high precision with neither false positives nor false negatives. The proposed method comprises simple and fast pre-processing of raw data of a fixed length for each network data package and yields perfect results with 100\% accuracy for the three data types considered. The research is significant in the context of network security and intrusion detection systems. Work is under way for real time recognition and fine-tuning the differentiation between various shellcodes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This is the submitted and accepted version. Referees suggested reducing the paper to 6 pages in IEEE format, so the final version is shorter than this one, and contains at least one less figure.
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
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Depositing User: Marcos Rodrigues
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 09:11
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 23:57

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