Washington: Researchers have developed a new system that protects Internet users' privacy whilst increasing the flexibility for web developers to build web applications that combine data from different web sites, dramatically improving the safety of surfing the web.
According to the researchers at UCL, Stanford Engineering, Google, Chalmers and Mozilla Research, the system, 'Confinement with Origin Web Labels,' or COWL, works with Mozilla's Firefox and the open-source version of Google's Chrome web browsers and prevents malicious code in a web site from leaking sensitive information to unauthorized parties.
The system also allows code in a web site to display content drawn from multiple web sites - an essential function for modern, feature-rich web applications.
The researchers show that the system provides strong security without perceptibly slowing the loading speed of web pages and will be freely available for download and use on 15th October from http://cowl.ws.
Co-author Professor Brad Karp (UCL Computer Science), said that COWL achieves both privacy for the user and flexibility for the web application developer. Achieving both these aims, which are often in opposition in many system designs, is one of the central challenges in computer systems security research.