The tool runs in the Chrome browser and is designed to detect malicious programs that are capable of evading existing malware detection systems.
Because VisibleV8 consists of only 600 lines of code, out of the millions of lines of code in Chrome, the software tool is relatively easy to keep up-to-date.
This is an important consideration given that Google updates Chrome’s code approximately every six weeks. VisibleV8 can also target the most likely malicious behaviors without hurting browser performance.
You can download VisibleV8 from Kapravelos’ site.
The researchers will present their work at the ACM Internet Measurement Conference 2019, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Support for the work came from the Office of Naval Research; DARPA; and the National Science Foundation.
Written by Matt Shipman.