Device fingerprinting for augmenting web authentication: Classification and analysis of methods

Furkan Alaca, P. C. van Oorschot.

Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) 2016, December 5-9, Los Angeles, CA.


Device fingerprinting is commonly used for tracking users. We explore device fingerprinting but in the specific context of use for augmenting authentication, providing a state-of-the-art view and analysis. We summarize and classify 29 available methods and their properties; define attack models relevant to augmenting passwords for user authentication; and qualitatively compare them based on stability, repeatability, resource use, client passiveness, difficulty of spoofing, and distinguishability offered.

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