SpyShield: Preserving Privacy from Spy Add-Ons

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SpyShield: Preserving Privacy from Spy Add-Ons
Spyware infections are becoming extremely pervasive, posing a grave threat to Internet users’ privacy. Control of such an epidemic is increasingly difficult for the existing defense mechanisms, which in many cases rely on detection alone. In this paper, we propose SpyShield, a new containment technique, to add another layer of defense against spyware. Our technique can automatically block the visions of untrusted programs in the presence of sensitive information, which preserves users’ privacy even after spyware has managed to evade detection. It also enables users to avoid the risks of using free software which could be bundled with surveillance code. As a first step, our design of SpyShield offers general protection against spy add-ons, an important type of spyware. This is achieved through enforcing a set of security policies to the channels an add-on can use to monitor its host application, such as COM interfaces and shared memory, so as to block unauthorized leakage of sensi...
Zhuowei Li, XiaoFeng Wang, Jong Youl Choi
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where RAID
Authors Zhuowei Li, XiaoFeng Wang, Jong Youl Choi
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