SHPF: Enhancing HTTP(S) Session Security With Browser Fingerprinting

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Provided by: SBA Online Women's Business Center
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
Session hijacking has become a major problem in today's Web services, especially with the availability of free off-the-shelf tools. As major websites like Facebook, Youtube and Yahoo still do not use HTTPS for all users by default, new methods are needed to protect the users' sessions if session tokens are transmitted in the clear. In this paper, the authors propose the use of browser fingerprinting for enhancing current state-of-the-art HTTP(S) session management. Monitoring a wide set of features of the user's current browser makes session hijacking detectable at the server and raises the bar for attackers considerably.
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