Microsoft and Intel have recently collaborated on a new research project that explored a new approach to detecting and classifying malware.
Called STAMINA (STAtic Malware-as-Image Network Analysis), the project relies on a new technique that converts malware samples into grayscale images and then scans the image for textural and structural patterns specific to malware samples.
How STAMINA actually works
The Intel-Microsoft research team said the entire process followed a few simple steps. The first consisted of taking an input file and converting its binary form into a stream of raw pixel data.
Researchers then took this one-dimensional (1D) pixel stream and converted it into a 2D photo so that normal image analysis algorithms can analyze it.
The width of the image was selected based on the input file’s size, using the table below. The height was dynamic, and resulted from dividing