UISCOPE: Accurate, Instrumentation-free, and Visible Attack Investigation for GUI Applications

Runqing Yang, Shiqing Ma, Haitao Xu, Xiangyu Zhang, Yan Chen

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Abstract

Existing attack investigation solutions for GUI applications suffer from a few limitations such as inaccuracy (because of the dependence explosion problem), requiring instrumentation, and providing very low visibility. Such limitations have hindered their widespread and practical deployment. In this paper, we present UISCOPE, a novel accurate, instrumentation-free, and visible attack investigation system for GUI applications. The core idea of UISCOPE is to perform causality analysis on both UI elements/events which represent users' perspective and low-level system events which provide detailed information of what happens under the hood, and then correlate system events with UI events to provide high accuracy and visibility. Long running processes are partitioned to individual UI transitions, to which low-level system events are attributed, making the results accurate. The produced graphs contain (causally related) UI elements with which users are very familiar, making them easily accessible. We deployed UISCOPE on 7 machines for a week, and also utilized UISCOPE to conduct an investigation of 6 real-world attacks. Our evaluation shows that compared to existing works, UISCOPE introduces neglibible overhead (less than 1% runtime overhead and 3.05 MB event logs per hour on average) while UISCOPE can precisely identify attack provenance while offering users thorough visibility into the attack context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication27th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, NDSS 2020
PublisherThe Internet Society
ISBN (Electronic)1891562614, 9781891562617
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Event27th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, NDSS 2020 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Feb 23 2020Feb 26 2020

Publication series

Name27th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, NDSS 2020

Conference

Conference27th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, NDSS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period2/23/202/26/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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