Runtime Prevention of Deserialization Attacks

Runtime Prevention of Deserialization Attacks

Francois Gauthier, Sora Bae

22 May 2022

Untrusted deserialization exploits, where a serialised object graph is used to achieve denial-of-service or arbitrary code execution, have become so prominent that they were introduced in the 2017 OWASP Top 10. In this paper, we present a novel and lightweight approach for runtime prevention of deserialization attacks using Markov chains. The intuition behind our work is that the features and ordering of classes in malicious object graphs make them distinguishable from benign ones. Preliminary results indeed show that our approach achieves an F1-score of 0.94 on a dataset of 264 serialised payloads, collected from an industrial Java EE application server and a repository of deserialization exploits.


Venue : 44th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2022)