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See detailAn Empirical Study of Browsers' Evolution Impact on Security and Privacy
Abgrall, Erwan UL

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Web success is associated with the expansion of web interfaces in software. They have replaced many thick-clients and command-line interfaces. HTML is now a widely adopted generic user-interface ... [more ▼]

Web success is associated with the expansion of web interfaces in software. They have replaced many thick-clients and command-line interfaces. HTML is now a widely adopted generic user-interface description language. The cloud-computing trend set browsers in a central position, handling all our personal and professional information. Online banking and e-commerce are the sources of an attractive cash flow for online thefts, and all this personal information is sold on black markets. Unsurprisingly, web browsers are consequently the favorite targets of online attacks. The fierce competition between browser vendors is associated with a features race, leading to partial implementation of W3C norms, and non-standard features. It resulted in a fast release pace of new browser versions over these last years. While positively perceived by users, such competition can have a negative impact on browser security and user privacy. This increasing number of features and the discrepancies between browser vendors' implementations facilitate the attacker task for cross site scripting(XSS) and drive-by download attacks. Coming to the overall objectives of a research leading to the better understandings of browser's role in security, this thesis provides an instrument to understand XSS attack vectors, categorize them, evaluate the exposure of web browsers against XSS and may eventually open the field, but this is beyond the scope of this thesis, to a new strategy to detect future client-side attacks, however this last point is beyond the scope of this thesis. [less ▲]

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See detailEmpirical Investigation of the Web Browser Attack Surface under Cross-Site Scripting: an Urgent Need for Systematic Security Regression Testing
Abgrall, Erwan UL; Le Traon, Yves UL; Gombault, Sylvain et al

in 7th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST)- Workshop SECTEST (2014)

One of the major threats against web applications is Cross-Site Scripting (XSS). The final target of XSS attacks is the client running a particular web browser. During this last decade, several competing ... [more ▼]

One of the major threats against web applications is Cross-Site Scripting (XSS). The final target of XSS attacks is the client running a particular web browser. During this last decade, several competing web browsers (IE, Netscape, Chrome, Firefox) have evolved to support new features. In this paper, we explore whether the evolution of web browsers is done using systematic security regression testing. Beginning with an analysis of their current exposure degree to XSS, we extend the empirical study to a decade of most popular web browser versions. We use XSS attack vectors as unit test cases and we propose a new method supported by a tool to address this XSS vector testing issue. The analysis on a decade releases of most popular web browsers including mobile ones shows an urgent need of XSS regression testing. We advocate the use of a shared security testing benchmark as a good practice and propose a first set of publicly available XSS vectors as a basis to ensure that security is not sacrificed when a new version is delivered. [less ▲]

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