Feature Selection for Website Fingerprinting

Authors: Junhua Yan (UNC Chapel Hill), Jasleen Kaur (UNC Chapel Hill)

Volume: 2018
Issue: 4
Pages: 200–219
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/popets-2018-0039

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Abstract: Website fingerprinting based on TCP/IP headers is of significant relevance to several Internet entities. Prior work has focused only on a limited set of features, and does not help understand the extents of fingerprint-ability. We address this by conducting an exhaustive feature analysis within eight different communication scenarios. Our analysis helps reveal several previously-unknown features in several scenarios, that can be used to fingerprint websites with much higher accuracy than previously demonstrated. This work helps the community better understand the extents of learnability (and vulnerability) from TCP/IP headers.

Keywords: website fingerprinting, feature selection

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