Dynamic Taint Tracking in Managed Runtimes

Benjamin Livshits

Abstract

This paper provides a taxonomy of runtime taint tracking approaches for managed code, such as code written in Java, C#, PHP, Perl, or Ruby. It covers main applications of data tainting such as preventing web application vulnerabilities including cross-site scripting and SQL injection attacks, along with disallowing privacy-sensitive data leaks. In addition

to giving an overview of related literature from the last decade, this paper provides guidance and describes the trade-offs of different instrumentation approaches. Lastly, we provide a list of open problems whose solutions would aid practical adaption of runtime tainting on a wider scale.

Details

Publication typeTechReport
NumberMSR-TR-2012-114
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