HAWK: Rapid Android Malware Detection through Heterogeneous Graph Attention Networks [article]

Yiming Hei, Renyu Yang, Hao Peng, Lihong Wang, Xiaolin Xu, Jianwei Liu, Hong Liu, Jie Xu, Lichao Sun
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Android is undergoing unprecedented malicious threats daily, but the existing methods for malware detection often fail to cope with evolving camouflage in malware. To address this issue, we present HAWK, a new malware detection framework for evolutionary Android applications. We model Android entities and behavioural relationships as a heterogeneous information network (HIN), exploiting its rich semantic metastructures for specifying implicit higher-order relationships. An incremental learning
more » ... odel is created to handle the applications that manifest dynamically, without the need for re-constructing the whole HIN and the subsequent embedding model. The model can pinpoint rapidly the proximity between a new application and existing in-sample applications and aggregate their numerical embeddings under various semantics. Our experiments examine more than 80,860 malicious and 100,375 benign applications developed over a period of seven years, showing that HAWK achieves the highest detection accuracy against baselines and takes only 3.5ms on average to detect an out-of-sample application, with the accelerated training time of 50x faster than the existing approach.
arXiv:2108.07548v1 fatcat:wizwynfcmfhi5fkkll5c4kaof4