CAVAEva: an engineering platform for evaluating commercial anti-malware applications on smartphones

Hao Jiang, Weizhi Meng, Chunhua Su, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, Zhe Liu, Moti Yung (Editor)

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The pervasiveness of mobile devices, such as Android and iOS smartphones, and the type of data available and stored on these devices make them an attractive target for cyber-attackers. For example, mobile malware authors seek to compromise devices to collect sensitive information and data from the smartphones. To mitigate such a threat, a number of online scanning platforms exist to evaluate existing anti-malware applications. However, existing platforms have a number of limitations, such as configuration inflexibility. Also, in practice, the code protection and different structures complicate efforts to effectively evaluate different commercial anti-malware software in a configurable and unified platform. Hence in this work, we design CAVAEva, an engineering platform for commercial anti-malware application evaluation, in which users/researchers have the capability to configure the platform based on their needs and requirements. In particular, we show how to design such a platform and introduce its performance. Specifically, we present a comparative summary of seven commercial anti-malware software, and collect the feedback from a user study. Experimental results demonstrate the potential utility of our platform in evaluating commercial anti-malware software in a real-world smartphone deployment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Security and Cryptology
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-42920-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event15th International Conference on Information Security and Cryptology - Nanjing, China
Duration: 6 Dec 20198 Dec 2019
Conference number: 15


Conference15th International Conference on Information Security and Cryptology
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • Mobile device
  • Smartphone security
  • Malware detection
  • Evaluation platform
  • Anti-malware software


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