Secure web referral service

Vijayakrishnan Nagarajan, Dijiang Huang

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


Security has become a major concern while browsing as the number of malicious sites keeps increasing with the cost for hosting a site decreasing. Though most of the web servers use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) over HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) to ensure trust between consumers and providers, SSL is vulnerable to Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attack and becoming very common these days. Phishing is another major problem, which has increased rapidly over the years. In this paper we present a novel secure web referral service using Secure Search Engine (SSE), which would resolve phishing and MITM attacks for web based applications. SSE is based on web crawling technology with a set of checking services to validate IP addresses and certificate chains. Additionally, we present a novel phishing filter that can be used to check any given URLs with minimal delay. Our solution is non-intrusive and reduces human factors, which are commonly in existing web-based services, in security verification processes. Our evaluation shows that our solutions produce less false positive and false negative than existing web browser-based anti-phishing solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Networking 2012, ICOIN 2012 - Conference Program
Number of pages6
StatePublished - May 11 2012
Event26th International Conference on Information Networking 2012, ICOIN 2012 - Bali, Indonesia
Duration: Feb 1 2012Feb 3 2012

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Networking
ISSN (Print)1976-7684


Other26th International Conference on Information Networking 2012, ICOIN 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems


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