Publication
ISSTA 2011
Conference paper

Saving the world wide web from vulnerable JavaScript

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Abstract

JavaScript is the most popular client-side scripting language for Web applications. Exploitable JavaScript code exposes end users to integrity and confidentiality violations. Client-side vulnerabilities can cost an enterprise money and reputation, and cause serious damage to innocent users of the Web application. In spite of all this, recent research in the area of information-flow security has focused more on other languages that are more suitable for server-side programming, such as Java. Static analysis of JavaScript code is very challenging due to the dynamic nature of the language. This paper presents Actarus, a novel, product-quality static taint analysis for JavaScript that scales to large programs and soundly models all the JavaScript constructs with the exception of reflective calls. This paper discusses the experimental results obtained by running Actarus on a collection of 9,726 Web pages obtained by crawling the 50 most visited Web sites worldwide as well as 19 other popular Web sites. The results expose 526 vulnerabilities in 11 sites. Those vulnerabilities, if exploited, can allow malicious JavaScript code execution. © 2011 ACM.

Date

26 Aug 2011

Publication

ISSTA 2011