Commercial Android AV Products Miss Easy Malware

Having mobile antivirus on your Android phone may not be doing you any good say researchers.

In a paper researchers Vaibhav Rastogi and Yan Chen from Northwestern University and Xuxian Jiang from North Carolina State University found that commercial mobile anti-malware products are blind to common obfuscation techniques used today. In other words, malware writers can easily get their products past mobile antivirus available for Android devices.

The researchers created DroidChameleon, a systematic framework with various transformation techniques, to help AV companies detect and defend against common forms of malware code obfuscation.