Publication Date

Fall 2015

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science


In this research, we simulate the effect of code evolution by applying a variety of code morphing strategies. Specifically, we consider code substitution, transposition, insertion, and deletion. We then analyze the effect of these code morphing strategies relative to a variety of malware scores that have been considered in previous research. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of these various malware scoring techniques. This research should prove useful in designing more robust scores for detecting malware.