2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

MalFire: Malware Firewall for Malicious Content Detection and Protection

Wyatt E. Yost
Prof. Chetan Jaiswal, Faculty Mentor

The online portion of modern life is growing at an astonishing rate, with the consequence that more of the user’s critical information is stored
online. This work will cover the increasing dangers and security risks of adware, adware injection, and malware injection. These programs increase in direct proportion to the number of users on the Internet. Each of these programs presents an imminent threat to a user’s privacy and sensitive information, anytime they utilize the Internet. We will discuss how current ad blockers are not the actual solution to these threats, but rather a premise to our work. Current ad blocking tools can be discovered by the web servers which often requires suppression of the ad blocking tool. Suppressing the tool creates
vulnerabilities in a user’s system, but even when the tool is active their system is still susceptible to peril. It is possible, even when an ad blocking tool is functioning, for it to allow adware content through. Our solution to the contemporary threats is our tool, MalFire.

Keywords: Malware, Content Injection, Adware, Privacy, Security

Topic(s):Computer Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 312-3
Location: VH 1320
Time: 1:30

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