Publication Date

Fall 2015

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science


Metamorphic malware transforms its internal structure when it propagates, making detection of such malware a challenging research problem. Previous research considered a score based on simple substitution cryptanalysis, which was applied to the metamorphic detection problem. In this research, we analyze a new score based on a combined simple substitution and column transposition (SSCT) cryptanalysis. We show that this SSCT score significantly outperforms the simple substitution score— and other malware detection scores—in many cases.