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MultiRobustBench: Benchmarking Robustness Against Multiple Attacks

Sophie Dai · Saeed Mahloujifar · Chong Xiang · Vikash Sehwag · Pin-Yu Chen · Prateek Mittal

Exhibit Hall 1 #103

Abstract: The bulk of existing research in defending against adversarial examples focuses on defending against a single (typically bounded $\ell_p$-norm) attack, but for a practical setting, machine learning (ML) models should be robust to a wide variety of attacks. In this paper, we present the first unified framework for considering multiple attacks against ML models. Our framework is able to model different levels of learner's knowledge about the test-time adversary, allowing us to model robustness against unforeseen attacks and robustness against unions of attacks. Using our framework, we present the first leaderboard, MultiRobustBench (, for benchmarking multiattack evaluation which captures performance across attack types and attack strengths. We evaluate the performance of 16 defended models for robustness against a set of 9 different attack types, including $\ell_p$-based threat models, spatial transformations, and color changes, at 20 different attack strengths (180 attacks total). Additionally, we analyze the state of current defenses against multiple attacks. Our analysis shows that while existing defenses have made progress in terms of average robustness across the set of attacks used, robustness against the worst-case attack is still a big open problem as all existing models perform worse than random guessing.

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