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Research and analysis of malware in Portable Document Format (PDF) files

Padmanabhan, Mrinalini (2016). Research and analysis of malware in Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Thesis, Charles Darwin University.

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Author Padmanabhan, Mrinalini
Title Research and analysis of malware in Portable Document Format (PDF) files
Institution Charles Darwin University
Publication Date 2016-11
Thesis Type Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Supervisor Shanmugam, Bharanidharan
Kannoorpatti, Krishnan
0803 - Computer Software
080309 - Software Engineering
Abstract Portable Document Format (PDF) files have become standardized and most widely used electronic documentation (, 2016), thus leading to a misinterpretation that PDF files are secure. PDF files contain malware, which may compromise the data in a system.

Through this thesis work the future threat to the security of computer systems is being addressed where PDF file can act as a gateway for malware to enter the system and this thesis aims to successfully formulate a solution to identify the security threat. In “Detection of malicious PDF files and directions for enhancements: A state off art survey”, where Nissim et al., (2014), have proposed detailed analysis on malware detection in PDF documents based on three main classification of attacks. Based on the clear classification and guidelines of this article, a theoretical research on the different types of malicious content was done and ways in which it can affect a PDF file, further on in the research, a combination of software and techniques was found through which various types of PDF malware could be detected. The theoretical approach was then implemented in a practical analysis with the currently available freeware.

On the bases of the research and analysis done, the thesis concluded in a combination of existing software’s, predefined libraries and patterns, through which the malicious content in a PDF file can be detected.
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