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A Unified Approach to Interpreting and Boosting Adversarial Transferability

Xin Wang · Jie Ren · Shuyun Lin · Xiangming Zhu · Yisen Wang · Quanshi Zhang

Keywords: [ Adversarial Transferability ] [ adversarial learning ] [ interpretability ]


In this paper, we use the interaction inside adversarial perturbations to explain and boost the adversarial transferability. We discover and prove the negative correlation between the adversarial transferability and the interaction inside adversarial perturbations. The negative correlation is further verified through different DNNs with various inputs. Moreover, this negative correlation can be regarded as a unified perspective to understand current transferability-boosting methods. To this end, we prove that some classic methods of enhancing the transferability essentially decease interactions inside adversarial perturbations. Based on this, we propose to directly penalize interactions during the attacking process, which significantly improves the adversarial transferability. We will release the code when the paper is accepted.

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