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Informed Software Installation through License Agreement Categorization
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2011 (English)Conference paper (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Spyware detection can be achieved by using machinelearning techniques that identify patterns in the End User License Agreements (EULAs) presented by application installers. However, solutions have required manual input from the user with varying degrees of accuracy. We have implemented an automatic prototype for extraction and classification and used it to generate a large data set of EULAs. This data set is used to compare four different machine learning algorithms when classifying EULAs. Furthermore, the effect of feature selection is investigated and for the top two algorithms, we investigate optimizing the performance using parameter tuning. Our conclusion is that feature selection and performance tuning are of limited use in this context, providing limited performance gains. However, both the Bagging and the Random Forest algorithms show promising results, with Bagging reaching an AUC measure of 0.997 and a False Negative Rate of 0.062. This shows the applicability of License Agreement Categorization for realizing informed software installation.

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Johannesburg: IEEE Press , 2011.
Keyword [en]
Parameter tuning, EULA analysis, Spyware, Automated detection
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Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-7465Local ID: 978-1-4577-1482-5OAI: diva2:835087
Information Security for South Africa
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2011-08-30 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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