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2010
Springer

Web Browser History Detection as a Real-World Privacy Threat

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Web Browser History Detection as a Real-World Privacy Threat
Web browser history detection using CSS visited styles has long been dismissed as an issue of marginal impact. However, due to recent changes in Web usage patterns, coupled with browser performance improvements, the long-standing issue has now become a significant threat to the privacy of Internet users. In this paper we analyze the impact of CSS-based history detection and demonstrate the feasibility of conducting practical attacks with minimal resources. We analyze Web browser behavior and detectability of content loaded via standard protocols and with various HTTP response codes. We develop an algorithm for efficient examination of large link sets and evaluate its performance in modern browsers. Compared to existing methods our approach is up to 6 times faster, and is able to detect up to 30,000 visited links per second. We present a novel Web application capable of effectively detecting clients' browsing histories and discuss real-world results obtained from 271,576 Internet u...
Artur Janc, Lukasz Olejnik
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Type Conference
Year 2010
Where ESORICS
Authors Artur Janc, Lukasz Olejnik
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