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2022-08-26
Prakash, Jay, Yu, Clarice Chua Qing, Thombre, Tanvi Ravindra, Bytes, Andrei, Jubur, Mohammed, Saxena, Nitesh, Blessing, Lucienne, Zhou, Jianying, Quek, Tony Q.S.  2021.  Countering Concurrent Login Attacks in “Just Tap” Push-based Authentication: A Redesign and Usability Evaluations. 2021 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P). :21—36.
In this paper, we highlight a fundamental vulnerability associated with the widely adopted “Just Tap” push-based authentication in the face of a concurrency attack, and propose the method REPLICATE, a redesign to counter this vulnerability. In the concurrency attack, the attacker launches the login session at the same time the user initiates a session, and the user may be fooled, with high likelihood, into accepting the push notification which corresponds to the attacker's session, thinking it is their own. The attack stems from the fact that the login notification is not explicitly mapped to the login session running on the browser in the Just Tap approach. REPLICATE attempts to address this fundamental flaw by having the user approve the login attempt by replicating the information presented on the browser session over to the login notification, such as by moving a key in a particular direction, choosing a particular shape, etc. We report on the design and a systematic usability study of REPLICATE. Even without being aware of the vulnerability, in general, participants placed multiple variants of REPLICATE in competition to the Just Tap and fairly above PIN-based authentication.
2022-08-01
Wiefling, Stephan, Tolsdorf, Jan, Iacono, Luigi Lo.  2021.  Privacy Considerations for Risk-Based Authentication Systems. 2021 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops (EuroS&PW). :320—327.
Risk-based authentication (RBA) extends authentication mechanisms to make them more robust against account takeover attacks, such as those using stolen passwords. RBA is recommended by NIST and NCSC to strengthen password-based authentication, and is already used by major online services. Also, users consider RBA to be more usable than two-factor authentication and just as secure. However, users currently obtain RBA’s high security and usability benefits at the cost of exposing potentially sensitive personal data (e.g., IP address or browser information). This conflicts with user privacy and requires to consider user rights regarding the processing of personal data. We outline potential privacy challenges regarding different attacker models and propose improvements to balance privacy in RBA systems. To estimate the properties of the privacy-preserving RBA enhancements in practical environments, we evaluated a subset of them with long-term data from 780 users of a real-world online service. Our results show the potential to increase privacy in RBA solutions. However, it is limited to certain parameters that should guide RBA design to protect privacy. We outline research directions that need to be considered to achieve a widespread adoption of privacy preserving RBA with high user acceptance.
2022-07-12
Wang, Peiran, Sun, Yuqiang, Huang, Cheng, Du, Yutong, Liang, Genpei, Long, Gang.  2021.  MineDetector: JavaScript Browser-side Cryptomining Detection using Static Methods. 2021 IEEE 24th International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE). :87—93.
Because of the rise of the Monroe coin, many JavaScript files with embedded malicious code are used to mine cryptocurrency using the computing power of the browser client. This kind of script does not have any obvious behaviors when it is running, so it is difficult for common users to witness them easily. This feature could lead the browser side cryptocurrency mining abused without the user’s permission. Traditional browser security strategies focus on information disclosure and malicious code execution, but not suitable for such scenes. Thus, we present a novel detection method named MineDetector using a machine learning algorithm and static features for automatically detecting browser-side cryptojacking scripts on the websites. MineDetector extracts five static feature groups available from the abstract syntax tree and text of codes and combines them using the machine learning method to build a powerful cryptojacking classifier. In the real experiment, MineDetector achieves the accuracy of 99.41% and the recall of 93.55% and has better performance in time comparing with present dynamic methods. We also made our work user-friendly by developing a browser extension that is click-to-run on the Chrome browser.
2022-01-31
Baumann, Lukas, Heftrig, Elias, Shulman, Haya, Waidner, Michael.  2021.  The Master and Parasite Attack. 2021 51st Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN). :141—148.
We explore a new type of malicious script attacks: the persistent parasite attack. Persistent parasites are stealthy scripts, which persist for a long time in the browser's cache. We show to infect the caches of victims with parasite scripts via TCP injection. Once the cache is infected, we implement methodologies for propagation of the parasites to other popular domains on the victim client as well as to other caches on the network. We show how to design the parasites so that they stay long time in the victim's cache not restricted to the duration of the user's visit to the web site. We develop covert channels for communication between the attacker and the parasites, which allows the attacker to control which scripts are executed and when, and to exfiltrate private information to the attacker, such as cookies and passwords. We then demonstrate how to leverage the parasites to perform sophisticated attacks, and evaluate the attacks against a range of applications and security mechanisms on popular browsers. Finally we provide recommendations for countermeasures.
Li, Xigao, Azad, Babak Amin, Rahmati, Amir, Nikiforakis, Nick.  2021.  Good Bot, Bad Bot: Characterizing Automated Browsing Activity. 2021 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (SP). :1589—1605.
As the web keeps increasing in size, the number of vulnerable and poorly-managed websites increases commensurately. Attackers rely on armies of malicious bots to discover these vulnerable websites, compromising their servers, and exfiltrating sensitive user data. It is, therefore, crucial for the security of the web to understand the population and behavior of malicious bots.In this paper, we report on the design, implementation, and results of Aristaeus, a system for deploying large numbers of "honeysites", i.e., websites that exist for the sole purpose of attracting and recording bot traffic. Through a seven-month-long experiment with 100 dedicated honeysites, Aristaeus recorded 26.4 million requests sent by more than 287K unique IP addresses, with 76,396 of them belonging to clearly malicious bots. By analyzing the type of requests and payloads that these bots send, we discover that the average honeysite received more than 37K requests each month, with more than 50% of these requests attempting to brute-force credentials, fingerprint the deployed web applications, and exploit large numbers of different vulnerabilities. By comparing the declared identity of these bots with their TLS handshakes and HTTP headers, we uncover that more than 86.2% of bots are claiming to be Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, yet are built on simple HTTP libraries and command-line tools.
Kurako, Evgeny, Orlov, Vladimir.  2021.  Threat Comparison for Large-Scale Systems Using Different Browsers. 2021 14th International Conference Management of large-scale system development (MLSD). :1—5.
The main threats in complex networks for large-scale information systems using web browsers or service browsers are analyzed. The necessary security features for these types of systems are compared. The advantages of systems developed with service-browser technology are shown.
Gurjar, Neelam Singh, S R, Sudheendra S, Kumar, Chejarla Santosh, K. S, Krishnaveni.  2021.  WebSecAsst - A Machine Learning based Chrome Extension. 2021 6th International Conference on Communication and Electronics Systems (ICCES). :1631—1635.
A browser extension, also known as a plugin or an addon, is a small software application that adds functionality to a web browser. However, security threats are always linked with such software where data can be compromised and ultimately trust is broken. The proposed research work jas developed a security model named WebSecAsst, which is a chrome plugin relying on the Machine Learning model XGBoost and VirusTotal to detect malicious websites visited by the user and to detect whether the files downloaded from the internet are Malicious or Safe. During this detection, the proposed model preserves the privacy of the user's data to a greater extent than the existing commercial chrome extensions.
Mabe, Abigail, Nelson, Michael L., Weigle, Michele C..  2021.  Extending Chromium: Memento-Aware Browser. 2021 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL). :310—311.
Users rely on their web browser to provide information about the websites they are visiting, such as the security state of the web page their viewing. Current browsers do not differentiate between the live Web and the past Web. If a user loads an archived web page, known as a memento, they have to rely on user interface (UI) elements within the page itself to inform them that the page they are viewing is not the live Web. Memento-awareness extends beyond recognizing a page that has already been archived. The browser should give users the ability to easily archive live web pages as they are browsing. This report presents a proof-of-concept browser that is memento-aware and is created by extending Google's open-source web browser Chromium.
Varshney, Gaurav, Shah, Naman.  2021.  A DNS Security Policy for Timely Detection of Malicious Modification on Webpages. 2021 28th International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT). :1—5.
End users consider the data available through web as unmodified. Even when the web is secured by HTTPS, the data can be tampered in numerous tactical ways reducing trust on the integrity of data at the clients' end. One of the ways in which the web pages can be modified is via client side browser extensions. The extensions can transparently modify the web pages at client's end and can include new data to the web pages with minimal permissions. Clever modifications can be addition of a fake news or a fake advertisement or a link to a phishing website. We have identified through experimentation that such attacks are possible and have potential for serious damages. To prevent and detect such modifications we present a novel domain expressiveness based approach that uses DNS (Domain Name System) TXT records to express the Hash of important web pages that gets verified by the browsers to detect/thwart any modifications to the contents that are launched via client side malicious browser extensions or via cross site scripting. Initial experimentation suggest that the technique has potential to be used and deployed.
Shrestha, Prakash, Saxena, Nitesh, Shukla, Diksha, Phoha, Vir V..  2021.  Press \$@\$@\$\$ to Login: Strong Wearable Second Factor Authentication via Short Memorywise Effortless Typing Gestures. 2021 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS P). :71—87.
The use of wearable devices (e.g., smartwatches) in two factor authentication (2FA) is fast emerging, as wearables promise better usability compared to smartphones. Still, the current deployments of wearable 2FA have significant usability and security issues. Specifically, one-time PIN-based wearable 2FA (PIN-2FA) requires noticeable user effort to open the app and copy random PINs from the wearable to the login terminal's (desktop/laptop) browser. An alternative approach, based on one-tap approvals via push notifications (Tap-2FA), relies upon user decision making to thwart attacks and is prone to skip-through. Both approaches are also vulnerable to traditional phishing attacks. To address this security-usability tension, we introduce a fundamentally different design of wearable 2FA, called SG-2FA, involving wrist-movement “seamless gestures” captured near transparently by the second factor wearable device while the user types a very short special sequence on the browser during the login process. The typing of the special sequence creates a wrist gesture that when identified correctly uniquely associates the login attempt with the device's owner. The special sequence can be fixed (e.g., “\$@\$@\$\$”), does not need to be a secret, and does not need to be memorized (could be simply displayed on the browser). This design improves usability over PIN-2FA since only this short sequence has to be typed as part of the login process (no interaction with or diversion of attention to the wearable and copying of random PINs is needed). It also greatly improves security compared to Tap-2FA since the attacker can not succeed in login unless the user's wrist is undergoing the exact same gesture at the exact same time. Moreover, the approach is phishing-resistant and privacy-preserving (unlike behavioral biometrics). Our results show that SG-2FA incurs only minimal errors in both benign and adversarial settings based on appropriate parameterizations.
2022-01-25
Meyer, Fabian, Gehrke, Christian, Schäfer, Michael.  2021.  Evaluating User Acceptance using WebXR for an Augmented Reality Information System. 2021 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops (VRW). :418—419.
Augmented Reality has a long history and has seen major technical advantages in the last years. With WebXR, a new web standard, Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) applications are now available in the web browser. With our work, we implemented an Augmented Reality Information System and conducted a case study to evaluate the user acceptance of such an application build with WebXR. Our results indicate that the user acceptance regarding web-based MAR applications for our specific use case seems to be given. With our proposed architecture we also lay the foundation for other AR information systems.
2022-01-10
Takey, Yuvraj Sanjayrao, Tatikayala, Sai Gopal, Samavedam, Satyanadha Sarma, Lakshmi Eswari, P R, Patil, Mahesh Uttam.  2021.  Real Time early Multi Stage Attack Detection. 2021 7th International Conference on Advanced Computing and Communication Systems (ICACCS). 1:283–290.
In recent times, attackers are continuously developing advanced techniques for evading security, stealing personal financial data, Intellectual Property (IP) and sensitive information. These attacks often employ multiple attack vectors for gaining initial access to the systems. Analysts are often challenged to identify malware objective, initial attack vectors, attack propagation, evading techniques, protective mechanisms and unseen techniques. Most of these attacks are frequently referred to as Multi stage attacks and pose a grave threat to organizations, individuals and the government. Early multistage attack detection is a crucial measure to counter malware and deactivate it. Most traditional security solutions use signature-based detection, which frequently fails to thwart zero-day attacks. Manual analysis of these samples requires enormous effort for effectively counter exponential growth of malware samples. In this paper, we present a novel approach leveraging Machine Learning and MITRE Adversary Tactic Technique and Common knowledge (ATT&CK) framework for early multistage attack detection in real time. Firstly, we have developed a run-time engine that receives notification while malicious executable is downloaded via browser or a launch of a new process in the system. Upon notification, the engine extracts the features from static executable for learning if the executable is malicious. Secondly, we use the MITRE ATT&CK framework, evolved based on the real-world observations of the cyber attacks, that best describes the multistage attack with respect to the adversary Tactics, Techniques and Procedure (TTP) for detecting the malicious executable as well as predict the stages that the malware executes during the attack. Lastly, we propose a real-time system that combines both these techniques for early multistage attack detection. The proposed model has been tested on 6000 unpacked malware samples and it achieves 98 % accuracy. The other major contribution in this paper is identifying the Windows API calls for each of the adversary techniques based on the MITRE ATT&CK.
2021-10-12
Zaeem, Razieh Nokhbeh, Anya, Safa, Issa, Alex, Nimergood, Jake, Rogers, Isabelle, Shah, Vinay, Srivastava, Ayush, Barber, K. Suzanne.  2020.  PrivacyCheck's Machine Learning to Digest Privacy Policies: Competitor Analysis and Usage Patterns. 2020 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT). :291–298.
Online privacy policies are lengthy and hard to comprehend. To address this problem, researchers have utilized machine learning (ML) to devise tools that automatically summarize online privacy policies for web users. One such tool is our free and publicly available browser extension, PrivacyCheck. In this paper, we enhance PrivacyCheck by adding a competitor analysis component-a part of PrivacyCheck that recommends other organizations in the same market sector with better privacy policies. We also monitored the usage patterns of about a thousand actual PrivacyCheck users, the first work to track the usage and traffic of an ML-based privacy analysis tool. Results show: (1) there is a good number of privacy policy URLs checked repeatedly by the user base; (2) the users are particularly interested in privacy policies of software services; and (3) PrivacyCheck increased the number of times a user consults privacy policies by 80%. Our work demonstrates the potential of ML-based privacy analysis tools and also sheds light on how these tools are used in practice to give users actionable knowledge they can use to pro-actively protect their privacy.
2021-06-01
Chen, Zhanhao, Cao, Yinzhi.  2020.  JSKernel: Fortifying JavaScript against Web Concurrency Attacks via a Kernel-Like Structure. 2020 50th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN). :64—75.
As portals to the Internet, web browsers constitute prominent targets for attacks. Existing defenses that redefine web APIs typically capture information related to a single JavaScript function. Thus, they fail to defend against the so-called web concurrency attacks that use multiple interleaved functions to trigger a browser vulnerability. In this paper, we propose JSKernel, the first generic framework that introduces a kernel concept into JavaScript to defend against web concurrency attacks. The JavaScript kernel, inspired from operating system concepts, enforces the execution order of JavaScript events and threads to fortify security. We implement a prototype of JSKernel deployable as add-on extensions to three widely used web browsers, namely Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. These open-source extensions are available at (https://github.com/jskernel2019/jskernel) along with a usability demo at (https://jskernel2019.github.io/). Our evaluation shows the prototype to be robust to web concurrency attacks, fast, and backward compatible with legacy websites.
2021-05-20
Usher, Will, Pascucci, Valerio.  2020.  Interactive Visualization of Terascale Data in the Browser: Fact or Fiction? 2020 IEEE 10th Symposium on Large Data Analysis and Visualization (LDAV). :27—36.

Information visualization applications have become ubiquitous, in no small part thanks to the ease of wide distribution and deployment to users enabled by the web browser. Scientific visualization applications, relying on native code libraries and parallel processing, have been less suited to such widespread distribution, as browsers do not provide the required libraries or compute capabilities. In this paper, we revisit this gap in visualization technologies and explore how new web technologies, WebAssembly and WebGPU, can be used to deploy powerful visualization solutions for large-scale scientific data in the browser. In particular, we evaluate the programming effort required to bring scientific visualization applications to the browser through these technologies and assess their competitiveness against classic native solutions. As a main example, we present a new GPU-driven isosurface extraction method for block-compressed data sets, that is suitable for interactive isosurface computation on large volumes in resource-constrained environments, such as the browser. We conclude that web browsers are on the verge of becoming a competitive platform for even the most demanding scientific visualization tasks, such as interactive visualization of isosurfaces from a 1TB DNS simulation. We call on researchers and developers to consider investing in a community software stack to ease use of these upcoming browser features to bring accessible scientific visualization to the browser.

Antonio, Elbren, Fajardo, Arnel, Medina, Ruji.  2020.  Tracking Browser Fingerprint using Rule Based Algorithm. 2020 16th IEEE International Colloquium on Signal Processing Its Applications (CSPA). :225—229.

Browsers collects information for better user experience by allowing JavaScript's and other extensions. Advertiser and other trackers take advantage on this useful information to tracked users across the web from remote devices on the purpose of individual unique identifications the so-called browser fingerprinting. Our work explores the diversity and stability of browser fingerprint by modifying the rule-based algorithm. Browser fingerprint rely only from the gathered data through browser, it is hard to tell that this piece of information still the same when upgrades and or downgrades are happening to any browsers and software's without user consent, which is stability and diversity are the most important usage of generating browser fingerprint. We implemented device fingerprint to identify consenting visitors in our website and evaluate individual devices attributes by calculating entropy of each selected attributes. In this research, it is noted that we emphasize only on data collected through a web browser by employing twenty (20) attributes to identify promising high value information to track how device information evolve and consistent in a period of time, likewise, we manually selected device information for evaluation where we apply the modified rules. Finally, this research is conducted and focused on the devices having the closest configuration and device information to test how devices differ from each other after several days of using on the basis of individual user configurations, this will prove in our study that every device is unique.

Al-madani, Ali Mansour, Gaikwad, Ashok T., Mahale, Vivek, Ahmed, Zeyad A.T..  2020.  Decentralized E-voting system based on Smart Contract by using Blockchain Technology. 2020 International Conference on Smart Innovations in Design, Environment, Management, Planning and Computing (ICSIDEMPC). :176—180.

Nowadays the use of the Internet is growing; E-voting system has been used by different countries because it reduces the cost and the time which used to consumed by using traditional voting. When the voter wants to access the E-voting system through the web application, there are requirements such as a web browser and a server. The voter uses the web browser to reach to a centralized database. The use of a centralized database for the voting system has some security issues such as Data modification through the third party in the network due to the use of the central database system as well as the result of the voting is not shown in real-time. However, this paper aims to provide an E-voting system with high security by using blockchain. Blockchain provides a decentralized model that makes the network Reliable, safe, flexible, and able to support real-time services.

Razaque, Abdul, Frej, Mohamed Ben Haj, Sabyrov, Dauren, Shaikhyn, Aidana, Amsaad, Fathi, Oun, Ahmed.  2020.  Detection of Phishing Websites using Machine Learning. 2020 IEEE Cloud Summit. :103—107.

Phishing sends malicious links or attachments through emails that can perform various functions, including capturing the victim's login credentials or account information. These emails harm the victims, cause money loss, and identity theft. In this paper, we contribute to solving the phishing problem by developing an extension for the Google Chrome web browser. In the development of this feature, we used JavaScript PL. To be able to identify and prevent the fishing attack, a combination of Blacklisting and semantic analysis methods was used. Furthermore, a database for phishing sites is generated, and the text, links, images, and other data on-site are analyzed for pattern recognition. Finally, our proposed solution was tested and compared to existing approaches. The results validate that our proposed method is capable of handling the phishing issue substantially.

Olejnik, Lukasz.  2020.  Shedding light on web privacy impact assessment: A case study of the Ambient Light Sensor API. 2020 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops (EuroS PW). :310—313.

As modern web browsers gain new and increasingly powerful features the importance of impact assessments of the new functionality becomes crucial. A web privacy impact assessment of a planned web browser feature, the Ambient Light Sensor API, indicated risks arising from the exposure of overly precise information about the lighting conditions in the user environment. The analysis led to the demonstration of direct risks of leaks of user data, such as the list of visited websites or exfiltration of sensitive content across distinct browser contexts. Our work contributed to the creation of web standards leading to decisions by browser vendors (i.e. obsolescence, non-implementation or modification to the operation of browser features). We highlight the need to consider broad risks when making reviews of new features. We offer practically-driven high-level observations lying on the intersection of web security and privacy risk engineering and modeling, and standardization. We structure our work as a case study from activities spanning over three years.

2021-05-18
Wingerath, Wolfram, Gessert, Felix, Witt, Erik, Kuhlmann, Hannes, Bücklers, Florian, Wollmer, Benjamin, Ritter, Norbert.  2020.  Speed Kit: A Polyglot GDPR-Compliant Approach For Caching Personalized Content. 2020 IEEE 36th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE). :1603–1608.
Users leave when page loads take too long. This simple fact has complex implications for virtually all modern businesses, because accelerating content delivery through caching is not as simple as it used to be. As a fundamental technical challenge, the high degree of personalization in today's Web has seemingly outgrown the capabilities of traditional content delivery networks (CDNs) which have been designed for distributing static assets under fixed caching times. As an additional legal challenge for services with personalized content, an increasing number of regional data protection laws constrain the ways in which CDNs can be used in the first place. In this paper, we present Speed Kit as a radically different approach for content distribution that combines (1) a polyglot architecture for efficiently caching personalized content with (2) a natively GDPR-compliant client proxy that handles all sensitive information within the user device. We describe the system design and implementation, explain the custom cache coherence protocol to avoid data staleness and achieve Δ-atomicity, and we share field experiences from over a year of productive use in the e-commerce industry.
2021-04-27
Calzavara, S., Focardi, R., Grimm, N., Maffei, M., Tempesta, M..  2020.  Language-Based Web Session Integrity. 2020 IEEE 33rd Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF). :107—122.
Session management is a fundamental component of web applications: despite the apparent simplicity, correctly implementing web sessions is extremely tricky, as witnessed by the large number of existing attacks. This motivated the design of formal methods to rigorously reason about web session security which, however, are not supported at present by suitable automated verification techniques. In this paper we introduce the first security type system that enforces session security on a core model of web applications, focusing in particular on server-side code. We showcase the expressiveness of our type system by analyzing the session management logic of HotCRP, Moodle, and phpMyAdmin, unveiling novel security flaws that have been acknowledged by software developers.
Mane, Y. D., Khot, U. P..  2020.  A Systematic Way to Implement Private Tor Network with Trusted Middle Node. 2020 International Conference for Emerging Technology (INCET). :1—6.

Initially, legitimate users were working under a normal web browser to do all activities over the internet [1]. To get more secure service and to get protection against Bot activity, the legitimate users switched their activity from Normal web browser to low latency anonymous communication such as Tor Browser. The Traffic monitoring in Tor Network is difficult as the packets are traveling from source to destination in an encrypted fashion and the Tor network hides its identity from destination. But lately, even the illegitimate users such as attackers/criminals started their activity on the Tor browser. The secured Tor network makes the detection of Botnet more difficult. The existing tools for botnet detection became inefficient against Tor-based bots because of the features of the Tor browser. As the Tor Browser is highly secure and because of the ethical issues, doing practical experiments on it is not advisable which could affect the performance and functionality of the Tor browser. It may also affect the endanger users in situations where the failure of Tor's anonymity has severe consequences. So, in the proposed research work, Private Tor Networks (PTN) on physical or virtual machines with dedicated resources have been created along with Trusted Middle Node. The motivation behind the trusted middle node is to make the Private Tor network more efficient and to increase its performance.

Hammoud, O. R., Tarkhanov, I. A..  2020.  Blockchain-based open infrastructure for URL filtering in an Internet browser. 2020 IEEE 14th International Conference on Application of Information and Communication Technologies (AICT). :1—4.
This research is dedicated to the development of a prototype of open infrastructure for users’ internet traffic filtering on a browser level. We described the advantages of a distributed approach in comparison with current centralized solutions. Besides, we suggested a solution to define the optimum size for a URL storage block in Ethereum network. This solution may be used for the development of infrastructure of DApps applications on Ethereum network in future. The efficiency of the suggested approach is supported by several experiments.
Korać, D., Damjanović, B., Simić, D..  2020.  Information Security in M-learning Systems: Challenges and Threats of Using Cookies. 2020 19th International Symposium INFOTEH-JAHORINA (INFOTEH). :1—6.
The trend of rapid development of mobile technologies has highlighted new challenges and threats regarding the information security by the using cookies in mobile learning (m-learning) systems. In order to overcome these challenges and threats, this paper has identified two main objectives. First, to give a review of most common types to cookies and second, to consider the challenges and threats regarding cookies with aspects that are directly related to issues of security and privacy. With these objectives is possible to bridge security gaps in m-learning systems. Moreover, the identified potential challenges and threats are discussed with the given proposals of pragmatic solutions for their mitigating or reducing. The findings of this research may help students to rise security awareness and security behavior in m-learning systems, and to better understand on-going security challenges and threats in m-learning systems.
Kondracki, B., Aliyeva, A., Egele, M., Polakis, J., Nikiforakis, N..  2020.  Meddling Middlemen: Empirical Analysis of the Risks of Data-Saving Mobile Browsers. 2020 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (SP). :810—824.
Mobile browsers have become one of the main mediators of our online activities. However, as web pages continue to increase in size and streaming media on-the-go has become commonplace, mobile data plan constraints remain a significant concern for users. As a result, data-saving features can be a differentiating factor when selecting a mobile browser. In this paper, we present a comprehensive exploration of the security and privacy threat that data-saving functionality presents to users. We conduct the first analysis of Android's data-saving browser (DSB) ecosystem across multiple dimensions, including the characteristics of the various browsers' infrastructure, their application and protocol-level behavior, and their effect on users' browsing experience. Our research unequivocally demonstrates that enabling data-saving functionality in major browsers results in significant degradation of the user's security posture by introducing severe vulnerabilities that are not otherwise present in the browser during normal operation. In summary, our experiments show that enabling data savings exposes users to (i) proxy servers running outdated software, (ii) man-in-the-middle attacks due to problematic validation of TLS certificates, (iii) weakened TLS cipher suite selection, (iv) lack of support of security headers like HSTS, and (v) a higher likelihood of being labelled as bots. While the discovered issues can be addressed, we argue that data-saving functionality presents inherent risks in an increasingly-encrypted Web, and users should be alerted of the critical savings-vs-security trade-off that they implicitly accept every time they enable such functionality.