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The MAL: A Malware Analysis Lexicon

  • February 2013
  • By Dave Mundie , David McIntire
  • In this report, the authors present results of the Malware Analysis Lexicon (MAL) initiative, which developed the first common vocabulary for malware analysis.
  • Incident Management
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • Abstract

    The lack of a controlled vocabulary for malware analysis is a symptom of the field's immaturity and an impediment to its growth. Malware analysis is a splintered discipline, with many small teams that for cultural reasons do not, or cannot, readily communicate among themselves; this condition encourages the growth of many local dialects. This report presents the results of the Malware Analysis Lexicon (MAL) initiative, a small project to develop the discipline's first common vocabulary.

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SEI

Mundie, David; & McIntire, David. The MAL: A Malware Analysis Lexicon (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-010). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=40240

IEEE

Mundie. David, and McIntire. David, "The MAL: A Malware Analysis Lexicon," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2013-TN-010, 2013. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=40240

APA

Mundie, David., & McIntire, David. (2013). The MAL: A Malware Analysis Lexicon (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-010). Retrieved December 27, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=40240

CHI

David Mundie, & David McIntire. The MAL: A Malware Analysis Lexicon (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-010). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=40240

MLA

Mundie, David., & McIntire, David. 2013. The MAL: A Malware Analysis Lexicon (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2013-TN-010). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=40240