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May 2017

Hunting ELFs: An investigation into Android malware detection

This article in our Royal Holloway Information Security Thesis series demonstrates how malicious Linux files, known as ELFs, can be detected on Android phones.

Table Of Contents

  • Executable and linkable format (ELFs) Linux files are hiding in Android mobile apps the world over.
  • Java programming language is used in most Android apps, which allows native code to be invoked.
  • ELFs can be used in an app to hide proprietary code, and often indicate an app has a sinister agenda.

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