Protecting the Augmented Browser Extension from Mutation Cross-Site Scripting

  • S. Remya
  • K. Praveen
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 379)


Browser extensions have a great role in bringing changes to the web browser behavior and improving browser performance. However, nowadays, many browser extensions fail to meet the security requirements. Due to this, they become a medium for various attackers to steal the credential information of the users. The proposal in this paper makes a pitch for the protection of an augmented browser extension against mutation-based cross-site scripting attack. A method is introduced for hardening the browser extension script along with dead code injection. A mutation-based cross-site scripting identifier to identify the attacks that affect the extensions is also discussed in this paper. These methods will protect browser extensions from various malicious script injection attacks.


Augmented browser Mutation cross-site scripting Dead code injection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TIFAC CORE in Cyber SecurityAmrita Vishwa VidyapeethamCoimbatoreIndia

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