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Tricking Johnny into Granting Web Permissions

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Author Hazhirpasand Mohammadreza, Ghafari Mohammad, Nierstrasz Oscar,
Project Agile Software Assistance
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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Page(s) 276 - 281
ISBN 9781450377317
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering
DOI 10.1145/3383219.3383248

Open Access

Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)


We studied the web permission API dialog box in popular mobile and desktop browsers, and found that it typically lacks measures to protect users from unwittingly granting web permission when clicking too fast. We developed a game that exploits this issue, and tricks users into granting webcam permission. We conducted three experiments, each with 40 different participants, on both desktop and mobile browsers. The results indicate that in the absence of a prevention mechanism, we achieve a considerably high success rate in tricking 95\% and 72\% of participants on mobile and desktop browsers, respectively. Interestingly, we also tricked 47\% of participants on a desktop browser where a prevention mechanism exists.