Author Archives: nikifor

Poor reasons to reject a computer security paper, Part 1

In 2016, at the time when I am writing this (July), I have been a PC member for seven different security conferences including two of the top ones, CCS and USENIX Security, and I have reviewed upwards of 80 papers. … Continue reading

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ShapeShifter: The emperor’s new web security technology

Disclaimer: Everything that I say in this blog post about ShapeSecurity and their ShapeShifter product, is based on their YouTube video, their description of their product on their pages, and an article on PandoDaily. As such, the product may be … Continue reading

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Detecting Ghostery

I discovered Ghostery in the summer of 2012, when I was researching web-tracking and specifically web-tracking done through web fingerprinting. Ghostery is a really cool browser extension which helped me identify the domains that popular web fingerprinters used to deliver … Continue reading

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You are what you include: Large-scale evaluation of Remote JavaScript inclusions

Today, I am back to Belgium, after spending one week in the US. I was in Raleigh, NC, to attend the 19th ACM conference on Computer and Communication Security and to present our paper titled You Are What You Include: … Continue reading

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Breaking McAfee’s Social Protection

On my usual daily visit of Slashdot, I read that McAfee introduced a new application called “McAfee Social Protection” for Facebook. In a nutshell, you install their plugin, allow their application to control quite a bit of your Facebook and … Continue reading

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Google AdChoices…

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. How about, two pictures? So, the important points of the above text are: “It’s our goal to make these ads as relevant and useful as possible for you. Google doesn’t create … Continue reading

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To Google Chrome: Relax less…

I’ve been recently reading Michal Zalewski’s “The Tangled Web”, a book which tries to map the whole security landscape around browsers and Web applications in about 300 pages… it does a pretty good job 🙂 Now, in Chapter 9, he … Continue reading

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El cheapo hosting, le open redirect…

Did you know that if you use a popular cheap web hosting product and you haven’t changed the default error pages of your sites, you are most likely hosting an open redirect? If not, read on 🙂 Suppose for a … Continue reading

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Two years ago I decided to get a personal site. I was after two things: flexibility and low cost. I didn’t want to get a VPS but I also didn’t want the hosting packages of one domain and 350MB of … Continue reading

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Stored XSS on Statcounter!!!

Stored XSS on popular Web statistics framework Statcounter. Log yourselves out of Statcounter and if possible disable JavaScript for the domain (possible in Chrome, not sure about Firefox)…  Will give more details when Statcounter fixes it. The only reason I … Continue reading

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