Automatic generation of vaccines for malware immunization Conference Paper uri icon


  • Inspired by the biological vaccines, we explore the possibility of developing similar vaccines for malware immunization. We provide the first systematic study towards this direction and present a prototype system, AGAMI, for automatic generation of vaccines for malware immunization. With a novel use of several dynamic malware analysis techniques, we show that it is possible to extract a lightweight vaccine from current malware, and after injecting such vaccine on clean machines, they can be immune from future infection from the same malware family. We evaluate AGAMI on a large set of real-world malware samples and successfully extract working vaccines for many families such as Conficker and Zeus. We believe it is an appealing complementary technique to existing malware defense solutions.

name of conference

  • the 2012 ACM conference

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the 2012 ACM conference on Computer and communications security - CCS '12

author list (cited authors)

  • Xu, Z., Zhang, J., Gu, G., & Lin, Z.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Xu, Zhaoyan||Zhang, Jialong||Gu, Guofei||Lin, Zhiqiang

publication date

  • January 2012