Transferability Ranking of Adversarial Examples

Mosh Levy, Yuval Elovici, Yisroel Mirsky

arXiv preprint arXiv:2208.10878, 2022

Adversarial examples can be used to maliciously and covertly change a model’s prediction. It is known that an adversarial example designed for one model can transfer to other models as well. This poses a major threat because it means that attackers can target systems in a blackbox manner. In the domain of transferability, researchers have proposed ways to make attacks more transferable and to make models more robust to transferred examples. However, to the best of our knowledge, there are no works which propose a means for ranking the transferability of an adversarial example in the perspective of a blackbox attacker. This is an important task because an attacker is likely to use only a select set of examples, and therefore will want to select the samples which are most likely to transfer. In this paper we suggest a method for ranking the transferability of adversarial examples without access to the victim’s model. To accomplish this, we define and estimate the expected transferability of a sample given limited information about the victim. We also explore practical scenarios: where the adversary can select the best sample to attack and where the adversary must use a specific sample but can choose different perturbations. Through our experiments, we found that our ranking method can increase an attacker’s success rate by up to 80% compared to the baseline (random selection without ranking).