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May 2017

Hunting ELFs: An investigation into Android malware detection

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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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