Security Verification in Web Browser Extensions

4 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2018

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Chinmay Agarwal

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) - Department of Computer Application

Medhavini Kulshrestha

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) - Department of Computer Application

Himanshu Rathore

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore, School of Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Computer Application, Students

Kamalakannan J

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) - School of Information Technology & Engineering (SITE)

Date Written: February 7, 2018

Abstract

Web Browser Extensions (which are often called add-ons or plugins) are code snippets which allow web developers to add functionalities to the web browser. Extensions can change the browsing experience of end users in different ways, such as by modifying user interfaces, providing utility services, and managing users’ important information in an efficient way. But the web browsers come with their own disadvantages. Some of the malicious things that a web browser can do are displaying unwanted ads, track the browsing, capturing passwords and private data. There is no option for a common user to get around these problems. For example, capturing the password is essential for some of the web browser to function. Many web browsers extension cannot work at all without the ability to transform the webpage. In this paper, we are going to compare various web browsers in terms of their extension security.

Keywords: web browser extension, plugins, snippets, interface, authentication, Transport Layer Security, Secure Socket Layer

Suggested Citation

Agarwal, Chinmay and Kulshrestha, Medhavini and Rathore, Himanshu and J, Kamalakannan, Security Verification in Web Browser Extensions (February 7, 2018). 2018 IADS International Conference on Computing, Communications & Data Engineering (CCODE) 7-8 February. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3168418 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3168418

Chinmay Agarwal

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) - Department of Computer Application ( email )

Vellore, Tamil Nadu 632014
India

Medhavini Kulshrestha

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) - Department of Computer Application ( email )

Vellore, Tamil Nadu 632014
India

Himanshu Rathore

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore, School of Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Computer Application, Students ( email )

vellore, Tamil Nadu
India

Kamalakannan J (Contact Author)

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) - School of Information Technology & Engineering (SITE) ( email )

Vellore, Tamil Nadu 632014
India

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