Title

Detection of drive-by download attacks using machine learning approach

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

International Journal of Information Security and Privacy

Publication Date

10-1-2017

Abstract

Copyright © 2017, IGI Global. Drive-by download refers to attacks that automatically download malwares to user's computer without his knowledge or consent. This type of attack is accomplished by exploiting web browsers and plugins vulnerabilities. The damage may include data leakage leading to financial loss. Traditional antivirus and intrusion detection systems are not efficient against such attacks. Researchers proposed plenty of detection approaches mostly passive blacklisting. However, a few proposed dynamic classification techniques, which suffer from clear shortcomings. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to detect drive-by download infected web pages based on extracted features from their source code. We test 23 different machine learning classifiers using data set of 5435 webpages and based on the detection accuracy we selected the top five to build our detection model. The approach is expected to serve as a base for implementing and developing anti drive-by download programs. We develop a graphical user interface program to allow the end user to examine the URL before visiting the website. The Bagged Trees classifier exhibited the highest accuracy of 90.1% and reported 96.24% true positive and 26.07% false positive rate.

ISSN

1930-1650

Publisher

IGI Global

Volume

11

Issue

4

First Page

16

Last Page

28

Disciplines

Computer Sciences

Keywords

Browser Exploits, Drive-by Downloads, Malware Detection, Plugin Exploits, URL Classification, Web Client Exploits

Scopus ID

85028690822

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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