Defending Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) Attacks on Web Applications

Roshan Shaikh, Pace University


This work presents the most current and comprehensive understanding of a not very well understood web vulnerability known as the CSRF (Cross-Site Request Forgery) and provides specific solutions to identify and defend CSRF vulnerabilities. The immediate benefits of this work include tangible and pragmatic application framework for use by individuals, organizations and developers, either as consumers or providers of web services. This work responds directly to the challenges of keeping pace with the evolving cyber technologies and vulnerabilities that increasingly expose businesses towards privacy and identity theft specific attacks, where the traditional anti-virus and anti-spyware approaches fail. The urgency to come up with appropriate detection and defense mechanism against the lethal CSRF attacks is indicated due to expanding cloud based technologies, HTML5, Semantic Web, and various emerging security frameworks comprised of inchoate vestigial of “Big Data” that demand exceedingly evolved defense mechanisms. A methodical approach is used to investigate CSRF attacks and remedies are proposed by introducing a novel distinctive set of algorithms that use intelligent assumptions to detect and defend CSRF. In this work, design details of a CSRF Detection Model (CDM), implantation and experimentation results of CDM are elaborated to detect, predict and provide solutions for CSRF attacks on contemporary Web Applications and Web Services environment. Additionally, CDM based recommendations for users and providers of cyber security products and services are presented.

Subject Area

Computer science

Recommended Citation

Shaikh, Roshan, "Defending Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) Attacks on Web Applications" (2019). ETD Collection for Pace University. AAI13904278.



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