BaDExpert: Extracting Backdoor Functionality for Accurate Backdoor Input Detection

Published: 16 Jan 2024, Last Modified: 15 Mar 2024ICLR 2024 posterEveryoneRevisionsBibTeX
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Keywords: Backdoor Input Detection, Backdoor Defense, AI Security, Deep Learning
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TL;DR: We propose a novel backdoor reverse engineering method in the model space to obtain "backdoor experts" that only recognize backdoor inputs, based on which we design a backdoor input detector.
Abstract: We present a novel defense, against backdoor attacks on Deep Neural Networks (DNNs), wherein adversaries covertly implant malicious behaviors (backdoors) into DNNs. Our defense falls within the category of post-development defenses that operate independently of how the model was generated. The proposed defense is built upon a novel reverse engineering approach that can directly extract **backdoor functionality** of a given backdoored model to a *backdoor expert* model. The approach is straightforward --- finetuning the backdoored model over a small set of intentionally mislabeled clean samples, such that it unlearns the normal functionality while still preserving the backdoor functionality, and thus resulting in a model~(dubbed a backdoor expert model) that can only recognize backdoor inputs. Based on the extracted backdoor expert model, we show the feasibility of devising highly accurate backdoor input detectors that filter out the backdoor inputs during model inference. Further augmented by an ensemble strategy with a finetuned auxiliary model, our defense, **BaDExpert** (**Ba**ckdoor Input **D**etection with Backdoor **Expert**), effectively mitigates 17 SOTA backdoor attacks while minimally impacting clean utility. The effectiveness of BaDExpert has been verified on multiple datasets (CIFAR10, GTSRB and ImageNet) across various model architectures (ResNet, VGG, MobileNetV2 and Vision Transformer). Our code is integrated into our research toolbox: [](
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Primary Area: societal considerations including fairness, safety, privacy
Submission Number: 3874