Category: Web Development

Dec 22

New debugger finds security flaws in popular web apps

By exploiting some peculiarities of the popular Web programming framework Ruby on Rails, MIT researchers have developed a system that can quickly comb through tens of thousands of lines of application code to find security flaws. In tests on 50 popular Web applications written using Ruby on Rails, the system found 23 previously undiagnosed security …

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Dec 22

Developing web technologies to share secure information

The research, funded under the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program, supports recent Ph.D. graduates and encourages basic research like that of Kagal and her team members, Fatih Turkmen and Matt Cherian. This research aims to help the Air Force share resources and data with other agencies, both domestic and international, allowing …

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Dec 22

Internet: New tools for semantic technology development

European researchers have created new tools for semantic technology development which are helping to set the next generation of official standards. The tools also unblock some key bottlenecks in semantic technology. The next generation of the World Wide Web will be a cyberspace full of meaning, thanks to the semantic technologies currently rolling out. Semantic …

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Dec 22

New programming language accommodates multiple languages in same program

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have designed a way to safely use multiple programming languages within the same program, enabling programmers to use the language most appropriate for each function while guarding against code injection attacks, one of the most severe security threats in Web applications today. A research group led by Jonathan Aldrich, …

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Dec 22

New tool expands tracking of personal data on the Web

Navigating the Web gets easier by the day as corporate monitoring of our emails and browsing habits fine-tune the algorithms that serve us personalized ads and recommendations. But convenience comes at a cost. In the wrong hands, our personal information can be used against us, to discriminate on housing and health insurance, and overcharge on …

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Dec 22

Taking the grunt work out of web development

A Web page today is the result of a number of interacting components — like cascading style sheets, XML code, ad hoc database queries, and JavaScript functions. For all but the most rudimentary sites, keeping track of how these different elements interact, refer to each other, and pass data back and forth can be a …

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