Thursday, May 12, 2011

Browser User Interface Design Flaws

Exploiting User Ignorance

A browser is considered to be a functional window to the Internet. It is interface software that serves as a communication medium between the users and the Internet. Sophisticated attack patterns and design flaws in browsers pose serious threats to user security, privacy, and integrity. Recent advancements have shown that browser User Interface (UI) design flaws catalyze the vulnerability exploitation. This paper sheds light on the design flaws in Graphical User Interface (GUI) components of browsers that are exploited by the attackers to trick users to perform rogue operations. In most of the cases, the user is unaware of the attack that results in stealth operations. Thus, user ignorance plays a critical role in successful exploitation of the design flaws

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