Security

Social Applications: Exploring a More Secure Framework

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Executive Summary

Online social network sites, such as MySpace, Facebook and others have grown rapidly, with hundreds of millions of active users. A new feature on many sites is social applications - applications and services written by third party developers that provide additional functionality linked to a user's profile. However, current application platforms put users at risk by permitting the disclosure of large amounts of personal information to these applications and their developers. This paper formally abstracts and defines the current access control model applied to these applications, and builds on it to create a more secure framework.

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