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Berkeley OSQ Retreat

I’m at the Berkeley OSQ (Open Source Quality project) Retreat in Santa Cruz right now representing Mozilla. It’s an annual event where professors and grad students present their latest research results and ideas.

There’s a lot of good stuff here, so I’m just going to blog about a few things that seem particularly relevant to the web. Juan Caballero just finished his talk, Secure Content Sniffing for Web Browsers, or How to Stop Papers from Reviewing Themselves. He explained content-sniffing XSS attacks and told us about his work with Adam Barth and Dawn Song on analyzing website and browser vulnerabilities to those attacks, and their recommendations, which have been adopted by the HTML 5 working group.

He also mentioned some binary program analysis (dynamic, static, and “concolic” hybrid) frameworks their group is using, which they call BitBlaze.