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Between Worlds: Securing Mixed JavaScript/ActionScript Multi-Party Web Content

Phu H. Phung (Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik (Chalmers) ; Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik (GU)) ; M. Monshizadeh ; M. Sridhar ; K. W. Hamlen ; V. N. Venkatakrishnan
IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (1545-5971). Vol. 12 (2015), 4, p. 443-457.
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

Mixed Flash and JavaScript content has become increasingly prevalent; its purveyance of dynamic features unique to each platform has popularized it for myriad web development projects. Although Flash and JavaScript security has been examined extensively, the security of untrusted content that combines both has received considerably less attention. This article considers this fusion in detail, outlining several practical scenarios that threaten the security of web applications. The severity of these attacks warrants the development of new techniques that address the security of Flash-JavaScript content considered as a whole, in contrast to prior solutions that have examined Flash or JavaScript security individually. Toward this end, the article presents FlashJaX, a cross-platform solution that enforces fine-grained, history-based policies that span both Flash and JavaScript. Using in-lined reference monitoring, FlashJaX safely embeds untrusted JavaScript and Flash content in web pages without modifying browser clients or using special plug-ins. The architecture of FlashJaX, its design and implementation, and a detailed security analysis are exposited. Experiments with advertisements from popular ad networks demonstrate that FlashJaX is transparent to policy-compliant advertisement content, yet blocks many common attack vectors that exploit the fusion of these web platforms.

Nyckelord: Access controls, ActionScript, Flash, in-lined reference monitors, JavaScript, online advertising

Denna post skapades 2015-08-10. Senast ändrad 2015-08-20.
CPL Pubid: 220407


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