Reducing Errors in the Anomaly-Based Detection of Web-Based Attacks Through the Combined Analysis of Web Requests and SQL Queries
Source: University of California
Web-based applications have become a popular means of exposing functionality to large numbers of users by leveraging the services provided by web servers and databases. The wide proliferation of custom-developed web-based applications suggests that anomaly detection could be a suitable approach for providing early warning and real-time blocking of application-level exploits. Therefore, a number of research prototypes and commercial products that learn the normal usage patterns of web applications have been developed. Anomaly detection techniques, however, are prone to both false positives and false negatives. As a result, if anomalous web requests are simply blocked, it is likely that some legitimate requests would be denied, resulting in decreased availability.