MNN-XSS: Modular neural network based approach for XSS attack detection

Ahmed Abdullah Alqarni, Nizar Alsharif, Nayeem Ahmad Khan*, Lilia Georgieva, Eric Pardade, Mohammed Y. Alzahrani

*Corresponding author for this work

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The rapid growth and uptake of network-based communication technologies have made cybersecurity a significant challenge as the number of cyber-attacks is also increasing. A number of detection systems are used in an attempt to detect known attacks using signatures in network traffic. In recent years, researchers have used different machine learning methods to detect network attacks without relying on those signatures. The methods generally have a high false-positive rate which is not adequate for an industry-ready intrusion detection product. In this study, we propose and implement a new method that relies on a modular deep neural network for reducing the false positive rate in the XSS attack detection system. Experiments were performed using a dataset consists of 1000 malicious and 10000 benign sample. The model uses 50 features selected by using Pearson correlation method and will be used in the detection and preventions of XSS attacks. The results obtained from the experiments depict improvement in the detection accuracy as high as 99.96% compared to other approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4075-4085
Number of pages11
JournalComputers, Materials and Continua
Issue number2
Early online date27 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Cybersecurity
  • Deep learning
  • Modular neural network
  • XSS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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