IFIP SEC 2018, Abstract of the talk

On the Integrity of Cross-Origin JavaScripts

Jukka Ruohonen, Joonas Salovaara, and Ville Leppänen
Department of Future Technologies, University of Turku, Finland

Abstract. The same-origin policy is a fundamental part of the Web. Despite the restrictions imposed by the policy, embedding of third-party JavaScript code is allowed and commonly used. Nothing is guaranteed about the integrity of such code. To tackle this deficiency, solutions such as the subresource integrity standard have been recently introduced. Given this background, this paper presents the first empirical study on the temporal integrity of cross-origin JavaScript code. According to the empirical results based on a ten day polling period of over 35 thousand scripts collected from popular websites, (i) temporal integrity changes are relatively common; (ii) the adoption of the subresource integrity standard is still in its infancy; and (iii) it is possible to statistically predict whether a temporal integrity change is likely to occur. With these results and the accompanying discussion, the paper contributes to the ongoing attempts to better understand security and privacy in the current Web.

Keywords: same-origin, cross-domain, remote inclusion, subresource integrity

The paper published in the IFIP SEC 2018 confeence proceedings by Springer Verlag