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Empirical Investigation of the Web Browser Attack Surface under Cross-Site Scripting: an Urgent Need for Systematic Security Regression Testing
Abgrall, Erwan; Le Traon, Yves; Gombault, Sylvain et al.
2014In 7th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST)- Workshop SECTEST
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Abstract :
[en] 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.
Disciplines :
Computer science
Author, co-author :
Abgrall, Erwan ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Engineering Research Unit
Le Traon, Yves ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC)
Gombault, Sylvain;  Inst Mines Telecom & Telecom Bretagne RSM, Rennes, France.
Monperrus, Martin;  Univ Lille, Lille, France.
External co-authors :
yes
Title :
Empirical Investigation of the Web Browser Attack Surface under Cross-Site Scripting: an Urgent Need for Systematic Security Regression Testing
Publication date :
2014
Event name :
7th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST)
Event organizer :
IEEE Comp Soc, IEEE, ABB
Event place :
Cleveland, United States - Ohio
Event date :
MAR 31-APR 04, 2014
Audience :
International
Main work title :
7th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST)- Workshop SECTEST
Publisher :
Ieee, New York, Unknown/unspecified
Pages :
34-41
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Commentary :
978-0-7695-5194-4
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