Topic assignment done. First session on May 3!
All - the topic assigned is done. You can find it here
Please note that there's been a slight adjustment of our schedule and the first meeting is on May 3, topic Security and Privacy in WebXR.
See you in two weeks!
Seminar assignment and topic preference
@all - small update. Tthe seminar assignments will happen tomorrow, Tue Apr 18. As soon as you are assigned to this seminar, send me your topic selection.
The Web Security Seminar
For registration, please apply for this seminar through the central seminar assignment system.
In this seminar, students will learn to present, analyze, discuss, and summarize papers in different areas of Web security. The seminar is taught as a combination of a reading group with weekly meetings and a regular seminar, where you have to write a seminar paper. Specifically, each student will get a single topic assigned to them, consisting of two papers (a lead and follow-up paper).
For the (almost) weekly meetings, all students must read the lead paper and write a one-page summary of the paper, including discussion points, before the meeting. In the meeting, the assigned student will present the follow-up paper (20-minute presentation + 10-minute Q/A). Afterward, the entire group will discuss both papers.
Finally, each student will write a seminar paper on the assigned topic, for which the two papers on the topic serve as the starting point.
- Kickoff on Wednesday, 12.04.2023, 14:00-16:00, CISPA main building, room 0.02
- (Semi) Regular seminar sessions on Wednesdays. First session is on
Wednesday, 26.04.2023, 14:00-16:00Wednesday, 03.05.2023, 14:00-16:00
- Each Tuesday at 23:59 before each session, submit the paper summary (one page max) with discussion points: three items for the strengths, three items for the weaknesses, and future work
- Optional feedback round/practice talk on Thursday before the presentation (arrange exact time with supervisor)
- Attendance in all meetings and submission of summary and discussion points for each topic is mandatory. For exceptional cases, contact the teaching staff.
Note that we will not offer a hybrid solution. We plan to have in-person meetings as long as possible and switch to fully online if the need arises.
Seminar Paper Details
We will cover the different types of seminar paper during the kickoff session.
All seminar papers are due on (see below). Based on your submission, you will receive feedback within one week and have until (see below) to improve your paper. The paper grading will be on the final version. Note that the first submission must already be sufficient to pass. If you submit a half-baked version of the paper, you will likely fail the course.
Each paper must use the provided template. It must not be longer than 8 pages, not counting references and appendices. Note that appendices are not meant to provide information that is absolutely necessary to understand the paper, but rather to provide auxiliary material. Papers can be shorter, but in general the provided page limit is a good indicator of how long a paper should be.
Schedule, List of Topics, and Papers
Main paper (discussion): O Single Sign-Off, Where Art Thou? An Empirical Analysis of Single Sign-On Account Hijacking and Session Management on the Web.
Follow-up paper (presented): Pre-hijacked accounts: An Empirical Study of Security Failures in User Account Creation on the Web.
|2023-05-03||14:00-16:00||Session 2||Topic: Third-party Inclusions in WebXR
Main paper (discussion): OVRseen: Auditing Network Traffic and Privacy Policies in Oculus VR
Follow-up paper (presented): AdCube: WebVR Ad Fraud and Practical Confinement of Third-Party Ads.
|2023-05-10||14:00-16:00||Session 3||Topic: Finding Web Vulnerabilities with ML
Main paper (discussion): Mitch: A Machine Learning Approach to the Black-Box Detection of CSRF Vulnerabilities.
Follow-up paper (presented): Black-Box Detection of Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerabilities Using Reinforcement Learning.
|2023-05-17||14:15-16:00||First meeting w/ tutors|
|Topic: Phishing Detection via UI
Main paper (discussion): Inferring phishing intention via webpage appearance and dynamics: A deep vision based approach.
Follow-up paper (presented): PhishInPatterns: measuring elicited user interactions at scale on phishing websites.
|2023-06-14||14:15-16:00||Session 5||Topic: Black-Box Web Application Scanning
Main paper (discussion): Black widow: Blackbox data-driven web scanning.
Follow-up paper (presented): ReScan: A Middleware Framework for Realistic and Robust Black-box Web Application Scanning.
|2023-06-21||14:15-16:00||Session 6||Topic: Anti-Bot Evasion in Phishing Webpages
Main paper (discussion): Are you human? resilience of phishing detection to evasion techniques based on human verification.
Follow-up paper (presented): A Human in Every APE: Delineating and Evaluating the Human Analysis Systems of Anti-Phishing Entities.
|2023-06-28||14:15-16:00||Session 7||Topic: XS-Leaks Detection
Main paper (discussion): Cross-origin state inference (COSI) attacks: Leaking web site states through xs-leaks.
Follow-up paper (presented): The Leaky Web: Automated Discovery of Cross-Site Information Leaks in Browsers and the Web
|2023-07-05||14:15-16:00||Second meeting w/ tutors|
|2023-07-12||-||Draft report deadline|
|2023-08-12||-||Final report deadline|