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Computer Science > Cryptography and Security

Title: A Learning and Masking Approach to Secure Learning

Abstract: Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) have been shown to be vulnerable against adversarial examples, which are data points cleverly constructed to fool the classifier. Such attacks can be devastating in practice, especially as DNNs are being applied to ever increasing critical tasks like image recognition in autonomous driving. In this paper, we introduce a new perspective on the problem. We do so by first defining robustness of a classifier to adversarial exploitation. Next, we show that the problem of adversarial example generation can be posed as learning problem. We also categorize attacks in literature into high and low perturbation attacks; well-known attacks like fast-gradient sign method (FGSM) and our attack produce higher perturbation adversarial examples while the more potent but computationally inefficient Carlini-Wagner (CW) attack is low perturbation. Next, we show that the dual approach of the attack learning problem can be used as a defensive technique that is effective against high perturbation attacks. Finally, we show that a classifier masking method achieved by adding noise to the a neural network's logit output protects against low distortion attacks such as the CW attack. We also show that both our learning and masking defense can work simultaneously to protect against multiple attacks. We demonstrate the efficacy of our techniques by experimenting with the MNIST and CIFAR-10 datasets.
Subjects: Cryptography and Security (cs.CR); Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (cs.CV); Learning (cs.LG)
Cite as: arXiv:1709.04447 [cs.CR]
  (or arXiv:1709.04447v3 [cs.CR] for this version)

Submission history

From: Linh Nguyen [view email]
[v1] Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:44:35 GMT (663kb,D)
[v2] Mon, 2 Oct 2017 23:08:36 GMT (663kb,D)
[v3] Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:52:45 GMT (793kb,D)