10th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing

Research Article

Preventing session hijacking in collaborative applications with hybrid cache-supported one-way hash chains

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2014.257327,
        author={Amerah Alabrah},
        title={Preventing session hijacking in collaborative applications with hybrid cache-supported one-way hash chains},
        proceedings={10th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={COLLABORATECOM},
        year={2014},
        month={11},
        keywords={internet sessions collaborative environments wireless networks mobile devices one-way hash authentication},
        doi={10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2014.257327}
    }
    
  • Amerah Alabrah
    Year: 2014
    Preventing session hijacking in collaborative applications with hybrid cache-supported one-way hash chains
    COLLABORATECOM
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2014.257327
Amerah Alabrah,*
    *Contact email: amerah@knights.ucf.edu

    Abstract

    Session hijacking attacks of social network websites are one of the commonly experienced cyber threats in today’s Internet especially with the unprecedented proliferation of wireless networks and mobile applications. To address this problem, we propose a cache supported hybrid two-dimensional one-way hash construction to handle social networks’ user sessions authentication in collaborative applications efficiently. The solution, which presents a major redesign from [18], is based on utilizing two-dimensional OHC chains equipped with sparse caching capabilities to carry out authentication during social networks users’ sessions. We analyze the proposed hybrid scheme mathematically to determine the cost of authentication and develop a quartic equation to check the optimal configuration of the two dimensions. We also evaluate the hybrid scheme with simulation experiments of different configurations and scenarios. The results of the simulation experiments show that the hybrid scheme improves performance of the OHC tremendously while efficiently and securely handling authentication.