Using deep learning to solve computer security challenges: a survey

Yoon Ho Choi, Peng Liu, Zitong Shang, Haizhou Wang, Zhilong Wang, Lan Zhang, Junwei Zhou, Qingtian Zou

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Although using machine learning techniques to solve computer security challenges is not a new idea, the rapidly emerging Deep Learning technology has recently triggered a substantial amount of interests in the computer security community. This paper seeks to provide a dedicated review of the very recent research works on using Deep Learning techniques to solve computer security challenges. In particular, the review covers eight computer security problems being solved by applications of Deep Learning: security-oriented program analysis, defending return-oriented programming (ROP) attacks, achieving control-flow integrity (CFI), defending network attacks, malware classification, system-event-based anomaly detection, memory forensics, and fuzzing for software security.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number15
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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