A Survey on Vulnerabilities of Service Workers

Yeomin Jeong, Junbeom Hur

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In a Progressive Web App (PWA), a kind of application software of the web, a service worker (SW) plays a key role as a one of the fundamental components to enhance the user's browsing experiences. For this purpose, the SW supports several features such as push notification, offline access, background code execution, etc. Since the SW provides prolific capabilities, it has been the main target to abuse by malicious attackers to deliver diverse attacks through the web applications such as crypto-currency mining, history sniffing, phishing. In this paper, we introduce the SW's functionalities and vulnerabilities, and discuss the existing attack methodologies and their implications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICTC 2022 - 13th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology Convergence
Subtitle of host publicationAccelerating Digital Transformation with ICT Innovation
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781665499392
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event13th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology Convergence, ICTC 2022 - Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2022 Oct 192022 Oct 21

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on ICT Convergence
ISSN (Print)2162-1233
ISSN (Electronic)2162-1241


Conference13th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology Convergence, ICTC 2022
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
CityJeju Island

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by IITP grant funded by the MSIT, Korea(No.2019-0-00533, No.2022-0-00411, IITP-2022-2021-0-01810) and Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation funded by the Ministry of Education, Korea(NRF-2021R1A6A1A13044830).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 IEEE.


  • history sniffing
  • phishing
  • Progressive Web App (PWA)
  • Service worker
  • web push

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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