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Security controls such as taint analysis and information flow analysis can be powerful tools to protect against many common attacks. However, incorporating these controls into a language such as JavaScript is challenging. Native implementations require the support of all JavaScript VMs. Code rewriting requires developers to reason about the entire abstract syntax of JavaScript. In this paper, we demonstrate how virtual values may be used to more easily integrate these security controls. Virtual values provide hooks to alter the behavior of primitive operations, allowing programmers to create the desired security controls in a more declarative fashion, facilitating more rapid prototyping. We demonstrate how virtual values may be encoded in JavaScript using a combination of JavaScript object proxies and the Sweet.js macro library, and use that implementation to build taint and information flow controls into JavaScript. Finally, we show some benchmark results to demonstrate the overhead of this approach.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). Meta’16 October 30, 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands Copyright © 2016 held by owner/author(s). This paper was originally presented at the October 30, 2016 at the Workshop on Meta-Programming Techniques and Reflection (META 2016) in Amsterdam. The paper can also be found online at this link.

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