The central topic of this seminar are security papers presented at top conferences around the topic of web security.
The seminar is expected to take place as a block seminar at the end of the lecture period.
The students work in pairs (groups of two people) on one topic.
- Abusing Hidden Properties to Attack the Node.js Ecosystem
- Awakening the Web’s Sleeper Agents: Misusing Service Workers for Privacy Leakage
- CV-Inspector: Towards Automating Detection of Adblock Circumvention
- Detecting stuffing of a user’s credentials at her own accounts
- Fingerprinting in Style: Detecting Browser Extensions via Injected Style Sheets
- LZR: Identifying Unexpected Internet Services
- MINOS: A Lightweight Real-Time Cryptojacking Detection System
- Reining in the Web’s Inconsistencies with Site Policy
- Tales of Favicons and Caches: Persistent Tracking in Modern Browsers
- XSinator.com: From a Formal Model to the Automatic Evaluation of Cross-Site Leaks in Web Browsers
Dates & Deadlines
- First week: distribution of topics (see above).
- 21.11.: Submission deadline for preliminary seminar thesis version (at least 5 pages of text; excluding title page, table of contents, references, figures, ...) describing the main paper problem AND briefly describe 2 related papers citing your paper.
- 9.1.: Submission deadline for the final seminar thesis.
- 26.1.: Submission deadline for your presentation slides (you can still change your slides a bit before the talk).
- 27.1. 9:00-14:00: Block Seminar, Presentation of your work.
- 3.2.: Submission deadline for the reviews.
- 13.2. Submission deadline for the final graded version of the seminar thesis.
The seminar will be organized over Panda. Deadlines are till the end of the day (23:59 local time/as according to Panda).
We will have five meetings in FU.511, with different topics which will (hopefully) be helpful for you to pass the seminar:
- 14.10. 10:15 Introduction
- 21.10. 9:15 Research Skills
- 28.10. 9:15 Writing Skills
- 13.1. 9:15 Review Skills
- 20.1. 9:15 Presentation Skills
Grading and Demands
The final grade consists of your review (10%), your presentation (30%), and your paper (60%). Additionally, you must meet all deadlines. There are no individual grades, you are graded as a group. If you have issues with the work of your partner, please contact us as soon as possible.
20 minutes presentation. 5 minutes discussion and questions.
The best presentation will be awarded! More information will be given in the first meeting.
Essay written according to the standards of a scientific paper. It MUST be written using our LaTeX template (unchanged). We expect around 15 pages of content, the hard lower limit is 9 pages of pure text (excluding figures, tables, etc).
We will follow a peer review procedure similar to scientific publications:
- You submit your thesis (paper) at Panda
- Some (2) peers (other students) review your submission:
- Read and understand the submitted paper
- Criticize your paper
- Make recommendations on how to improve
- Be honest, polite, and helpful when writing your reviews
- The reviews you write will influence your final grade
- The reviews you receive will not influence your final grade (but you should address/apply them in your final version)
- Each student has to write 1 reviews (1-2 pages)