Do Content Management Systems Impact the Security of Free Content Websites?

Mohamed Alqadhi, Abdulrahman Alabduljabbar, Kyle Thomas, Saeed Salem, Dae Hun Nyang, David Mohaisen

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This paper investigates the potential causes of the vulnerabilities of free content websites to address risks and maliciousness. Assembling more than 1,500 websites with free and premium content, we identify their content management system (CMS) and malicious attributes. We use frequency analysis at both the aggregate and per category of content (books, games, movies, music, and software), utilizing the unpatched vulnerabilities, total vulnerabilities, malicious count, and percentiles to uncover trends and affinities of usage and maliciousness of CMS’s and their contribution to those websites. Moreover, we find that, despite the significant number of custom code websites, the use of CMS’s is pervasive, with varying trends across types and categories. Finally, we find that even a small number of unpatched vulnerabilities in popular CMS’s could be a potential cause for significant maliciousness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Data and Social Networks - 11th International Conference, CSoNet 2022, Proceedings
EditorsThang N. Dinh, Minming Li
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783031263026
StatePublished - 2023
Event11th International Conference on Computational Data and Social Networks, CSoNet 2022 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 5 Dec 20227 Dec 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13831 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Conference on Computational Data and Social Networks, CSoNet 2022
CityVirtual, Online

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.


  • CMS
  • Free content websites
  • Measurement
  • Web security


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