Detecting Similarities in Binaries: Important Tool for Malware Detection

As software becomes an ever-increasing part of our daily lives, organizations find themselves relying on software that originates from unknown and untrusted sources. The vast majority of such software is available only as executables, known as “binaries.” Many binaries—such as malware or different versions and builds of a software package—are simply minor variants of old programs (or in some cases exact copies) that have been run through a different compiler.

This blog post by Sagar Chaki of the SEI at the new SEI blog explains how the ability to detect similarities among binaries is an important tool in malware detection and a growing area of research.

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