Browsers & browsing history: A team of researchers from Stanford and San Diego Universities have published a survey for Browser history re: visited.
Leak attacks affect all modern browsers that do not prevent your browsing history from being saved. In short, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge are vulnerable applications while Tor Browser is not.
Most web browsers record the websites they visit by default. It is a feature that is used for ease by the browser. When users type in the address bar browsers remember the exact address and even suggest it in an autofill function.
Let's look at the attacks on your browsing history
The first attack discovered by the researchers uses the CSS Paint API to determine if a particular URL was visited by the user.
The second attack uses 3D CSS transformations, a technique released with CSS 3. An attacker collects 3D CSS and transforms them into other CSS to create login information.
The third attack uses SVG images and the CSS fill rule. The attack uses an SVG image inside a login element and a "set of CSS fill rules".
All four attacks have one audience: they must specify the URLs to control them. None of them can retrieve a user's entire browsing history.
How effective are these attacks? Researchers say one of these attacks can determine the 6000 address status per second.
Researchers have reported vulnerabilities to browser developers, but it will take months to get the necessary fixes.
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