Information Flow in the Peer-Reviewing Process (extended abstract) (IEEE Security and Privacy 2007)
Michael Backes, Markus Dürmuth, Dominique Unruh
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We investigate a new type of information flow in the electronic publishing process. We show that the use of PostScript in this process introduces serious confidentiality issues. In particular, we explain how the reviewer’s anonymity in the peer-reviewing process can be compromised by maliciously prepared PostScript documents. A demonstration of this attack is available. We briefly discuss how this attack can be extended to other document formats as well.