Empirical Investigation of the Web Browser Attack Surface under Cross-Site Scripting: An Urgent Need for Systematic Security Regression Testing

@article{Abgrall2014EmpiricalIO,
  title={Empirical Investigation of the Web Browser Attack Surface under Cross-Site Scripting: An Urgent Need for Systematic Security Regression Testing},
  author={Erwan Abgrall and Yves Le Traon and Sylvain Gombault and Monperrus Martin},
  journal={2014 IEEE Seventh International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation Workshops},
  year={2014},
  pages={34-41}
}
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… 

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