Detecting PE-Infection Based Malware

  • Chia-Mei Chen
  • Gu-Hsin LaiEmail author
  • Tzu-Ching Chang
  • Boyi Lee
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1129)


Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attacks are notorious in businesses and organizations, performed by highly organized, well-funded hacker groups against specific targets. Attackers employ advanced and customized attack tactics to invade target systems to gain access. DLL injection and PE Infection are common customized tactics to hide the presence of APT in order to retain control and unaware by users for a long duration. The average time for an APT to be discovered is one and a half years and some incidents lasted longer by using DLL injection or PE infection. Signature-based detection fails to discover such malware or unknown malware. This paper presents a hybrid approach combining static and dynamic analysis to discover misbehaviors. The experimental results show that the proposed approach could detect customized PE infected malware efficiently.


Malware detection DLL injection Advanced Persistent Threat 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chia-Mei Chen
    • 1
  • Gu-Hsin Lai
    • 2
    Email author
  • Tzu-Ching Chang
    • 1
  • Boyi Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.National Sun Yat-Sen UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan
  2. 2.Taiwan Police CollegeTaipeiTaiwan

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