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A taint marking approach to confidentiality violation detection

Hauser, Christophe, Tronel, Frederic, Reid, Jason F., & Fidge, Colin J. (2012) A taint marking approach to confidentiality violation detection. In Pieprzyk, Josef & Thomborson, Clark (Eds.) Proceedings of the 10th Australasian Information Security Conference (AISC 2012), Australian Computer Society, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, pp. 83-90.

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Abstract

This article presents a novel approach to confidentiality violation detection based on taint marking. Information flows are dynamically tracked between applications and objects of the operating system such as files, processes and sockets. A confidentiality policy is defined by labelling sensitive information and defining which information may leave the local system through network exchanges. Furthermore, per application profiles can be defined to restrict the sets of information each application may access and/or send through the network. In previous works, we focused on the use of mandatory access control mechanisms for information flow tracking. In this current work, we have extended the previous information flow model to track network exchanges, and we are able to define a policy attached to network sockets. We show an example application of this extension in the context of a compromised web browser: our implementation detects a confidentiality violation when the browser attempts to leak private information to a remote host over the network.

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ID Code: 47263
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Computer system security, Taint analysis, Data confidentiality and integrity
ISBN: 978-1-921770-06-7
ISSN: 1445-1336
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Computer System Security (080303)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012, Australian Computer Society, Inc.
Copyright Statement: This paper appeared at the 10th Australasian Information Security Conference (AISC 2012), Melbourne, Australia, January- February 2012. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 125, Josef Pieprzyk and Clark Thomborson, Ed. Reproduction for academic, not-for-profit purposes permitted provided this text is included.
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2011 21:42
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2014 01:09

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