Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems

A Novel Malware Traffic Classification Method using Semi-Supervised Learning

Authors:
Ning, J. ,  Wang, Y. ,  Yang, J. ,  Gacanin, H. ,  Ci, S.
Book Title:
IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) 2021-Fall
Pages:
p.p. 1-5
Date:
Sep. 2021
DOI:
10.1109/VTC2021-Fall52928.2021.9625438
hsb:
RWTH-2022-05311
Language:
English
Abstract:
Malware traffic classification (MTC) is a key technology for solving anomaly detection and intrusion detection problems. And hence it plays an important role in the field of network security. Traditional MTC methods based on port, payload and statistic depend on the manual-designed features, which have low accuracy. Recently, deep learning methods have attracted significant attention due to their high accuracy in terms of classification. However, in practical application scenarios, deep learning methods require a large amount of labeled samples for training, while the available labeled samples for training are very rare. Furthermore, the preparation of a large amount of labeled samples requires a lot of labor costs. To solve these problems, this paper proposes two methods based on semi-supervised learning (SSL) and transfer learning (TL), respectively. Our proposed methods use a large amount of unlabeled data collected in the Internet traffic, which can greatly improve the accuracy classification with few labeled samples. Through experiments, we obtained the best method to improve the accuracy of few labeled samples in different situations. Experiment results show that our proposed methods can satisfy the requirement of MTC in the case of few labeled samples.
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