Static Enforcement of Web Application Integrity Through Strong Typing

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Executive Summary

Security vulnerabilities continue to plague web applications, allowing attackers to access sensitive data and co-opt legitimate web sites as a hosting ground for malware. Accordingly, researchers have focused on various approaches to detecting and preventing common classes of security vulnerabilities in web applications, including anomaly-based detection mechanisms, static and dynamic analyses of server-side web application code, and client-side security policy enforcement. This paper presents a different approach to web application security. The authors present an evaluation of the framework, and demonstrate both the coverage and correctness of their sanitization functions. Finally, experimental results suggest that web applications developed using this framework perform competitively with applications developed using traditional frameworks.

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