Auto-Sign: an automatic signature generator for high-speed malware filtering devices Academic Article uri icon


  • This research proposes a novel automatic method (termed Auto-Sign) for extracting unique signatures of malware executables to be used by high-speed malware filtering devices based on deep-packet inspection and operating in real-time. Contrary to extant string and token-based signature generation methods, we implemented Auto-Sign an automatic signature generation method that can be used on large-size malware by disregarding signature candidates which appear in benign executables. Results from experimental evaluation of the proposed method suggest that picking a collection of executables which closely represents commonly used code, plays a key role in achieving highly specific signatures which yield low false positives.

publication date

  • January 1, 2010