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The algorithmic analysis of hybrid systems
 THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1995
"... We present a general framework for the formal specification and algorithmic analysis of hybrid systems. A hybrid system consists of a discrete program with an analog environment. We model hybrid systems as nite automata equipped with variables that evolve continuously with time according to dynamica ..."
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We present a general framework for the formal specification and algorithmic analysis of hybrid systems. A hybrid system consists of a discrete program with an analog environment. We model hybrid systems as nite automata equipped with variables that evolve continuously with time according to dynamical laws. For verification purposes, we restrict ourselves to linear hybrid systems, where all variables follow piecewiselinear trajectories. We provide decidability and undecidability results for classes of linear hybrid systems, and we show that standard programanalysis techniques can be adapted to linear hybrid systems. In particular, we consider symbolic modelchecking and minimization procedures that are based on the reachability analysis of an infinite state space. The procedures iteratively compute state sets that are definable as unions of convex polyhedra in multidimensional real space. We also present approximation techniques for dealing with systems for which the iterative procedures do not converge.
A First Step towards Automated Detection of Buffer Overrun Vulnerabilities
 IN NETWORK AND DISTRIBUTED SYSTEM SECURITY SYMPOSIUM
, 2000
"... We describe a new technique for finding potential buffer overrun vulnerabilities in securitycritical C code. The key to success is to use static analysis: we formulate detection of buffer overruns as an integer range analysis problem. One major advantage of static analysis is that security bugs can ..."
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We describe a new technique for finding potential buffer overrun vulnerabilities in securitycritical C code. The key to success is to use static analysis: we formulate detection of buffer overruns as an integer range analysis problem. One major advantage of static analysis is that security bugs can be eliminated before code is deployed. We have implemented our design and used our prototype to find new remotelyexploitable vulnerabilities in a large, widely deployed software package. An earlier hand audit missed these bugs.
The Octagon Abstract Domain
"... ... domain for static analysis by abstract interpretation. It extends a former numerical abstract domain based on DifferenceBound Matrices and allows us to represent invariants of the form (±x ± y ≤ c), where x and y are program variables and c is a real constant. We focus on giving an efficient re ..."
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... domain for static analysis by abstract interpretation. It extends a former numerical abstract domain based on DifferenceBound Matrices and allows us to represent invariants of the form (±x ± y ≤ c), where x and y are program variables and c is a real constant. We focus on giving an efficient representation based on DifferenceBound Matrices—O(n²) memory cost, where n is the number of variables—and graphbased algorithms for all common abstract operators—O(n³) time cost. This includes a normal form algorithm to test equivalence of representation and a widening operator to compute least fixpoint approximations.
Abstract interpretation frameworks
 Journal of Logic and Computation
, 1992
"... We introduce abstract interpretation frameworks which are variations on the archetypal framework using Galois connections between concrete and abstract semantics, widenings and narrowings and are obtained by relaxation of the original hypotheses. We consider various ways of establishing the correctn ..."
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We introduce abstract interpretation frameworks which are variations on the archetypal framework using Galois connections between concrete and abstract semantics, widenings and narrowings and are obtained by relaxation of the original hypotheses. We consider various ways of establishing the correctness of an abstract interpretation depending on how the relation between the concrete and abstract semantics is defined. We insist upon those correspondences allowing for the inducing of the approximate abstract semantics from the concrete one. Furthermore we study various notions interpretation.
A Static Analyzer for Large SafetyCritical Software
, 2003
"... We show that abstract interpretationbased static program analysis can be made e#cient and precise enough to formally verify a class of properties for a family of large programs with few or no false alarms. This is achieved by refinement of a general purpose static analyzer and later adaptation to p ..."
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We show that abstract interpretationbased static program analysis can be made e#cient and precise enough to formally verify a class of properties for a family of large programs with few or no false alarms. This is achieved by refinement of a general purpose static analyzer and later adaptation to particular programs of the family by the enduser through parametrization. This is applied to the proof of soundness of data manipulation operations at the machine level for periodic synchronous safety critical embedded software. The main novelties are the design principle of static analyzers by refinement and adaptation through parametrization, the symbolic manipulation of expressions to improve the precision of abstract transfer functions, ellipsoid, and decision tree abstract domains, all with sound handling of rounding errors in floating point computations, widening strategies (with thresholds, delayed) and the automatic determination of the parameters (parametrized packing).
Interprocedural MayAlias Analysis for Pointers: Beyond klimiting
, 1994
"... Existing methods for alias analysis of recursive pointer data structures are based on two approximation techniques: klimiting, which blurs distinction between subobjects below depth k; and storebased (or equivalently location or regionbased) approximations, which blur distinction between elements ..."
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Existing methods for alias analysis of recursive pointer data structures are based on two approximation techniques: klimiting, which blurs distinction between subobjects below depth k; and storebased (or equivalently location or regionbased) approximations, which blur distinction between elements of recursive data structures. Although notable progress in interprocedural alias analysis has been recently accomplished, very little progress in the precision of analysis of recursive pointer data structures has been seen since the inception of these approximation techniques by Jones and Muchnick a decade ago. As a result, optimizing, verifying and parallelizing programs with pointers has remained difficult. We present a new parametric framework for analyzing recursive pointer data structures which can express a new natural class of alias information not accessib...
Verification by abstract interpretation
 In Verification: Theory and Practice
, 2003
"... Dedicated to Zohar Manna, for his 2 6 th birthday. Abstract. Abstract interpretation theory formalizes the idea of abstraction of mathematical structures, in particular those involved in the specification of properties and proof methods of computer systems. Verification by abstract interpretation is ..."
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Dedicated to Zohar Manna, for his 2 6 th birthday. Abstract. Abstract interpretation theory formalizes the idea of abstraction of mathematical structures, in particular those involved in the specification of properties and proof methods of computer systems. Verification by abstract interpretation is illustrated on the particular cases of predicate abstraction, which is revisited to handle infinitary abstractions, and on the new parametric predicate abstraction. 1
Comparing the Galois Connection and Widening/Narrowing Approaches to Abstract Interpretation
, 1992
"... The use of infinite abstract domains with widening and narrowing for accelerating the convergence of abstract interpretations is shown to be more powerful than the Galois connection approach restricted to finite lattices (or lattices satisfying the chain condition). ..."
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The use of infinite abstract domains with widening and narrowing for accelerating the convergence of abstract interpretations is shown to be more powerful than the Galois connection approach restricted to finite lattices (or lattices satisfying the chain condition).
Code generation in the polyhedral model is easier than you think
 In IEEE Intl. Conf. on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT’04
, 2004
"... Many advances in automatic parallelization and optimization have been achieved through the polyhedral model. It has been extensively shown that this computational model provides convenient abstractions to reason about and apply program transformations. Nevertheless, the complexity of code generation ..."
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Many advances in automatic parallelization and optimization have been achieved through the polyhedral model. It has been extensively shown that this computational model provides convenient abstractions to reason about and apply program transformations. Nevertheless, the complexity of code generation has long been a deterrent for using polyhedral representation in optimizing compilers. First, code generators have a hard time coping with generated code size and control overhead that may spoil theoretical benefits achieved by the transformations. Second, this step is usually time consuming, hampering the integration of the polyhedral framework in production compilers or feedbackdirected, iterative optimization schemes. Moreover, current code generation algorithms only cover a restrictive set of possible transformation functions. This paper discusses a general transformation framework able to deal with nonunimodular, noninvertible, nonintegral or even nonuniform functions. It presents several improvements to a stateoftheart code generation algorithm. Two directions are explored: generated code size and code generator efficiency. Experimental evidence proves the ability of the improved method to handle reallife problems. 1.
Regular Model Checking
, 2000
"... . We present regular model checking, a framework for algorithmic verification of infinitestate systems with, e.g., queues, stacks, integers, or a parameterized linear topology. States are represented by strings over a finite alphabet and the transition relation by a regular lengthpreserving re ..."
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. We present regular model checking, a framework for algorithmic verification of infinitestate systems with, e.g., queues, stacks, integers, or a parameterized linear topology. States are represented by strings over a finite alphabet and the transition relation by a regular lengthpreserving relation on strings. Major problems in the verification of parameterized and infinitestate systems are to compute the set of states that are reachable from some set of initial states, and to compute the transitive closure of the transition relation. We present two complementary techniques for these problems. One is a direct automatatheoretic construction, and the other is based on widening. Both techniques are incomplete in general, but we give sufficient conditions under which they work. We also present a method for verifying !regular properties of parameterized systems, by computation of the transitive closure of a transition relation. 1 Introduction This paper presents regular ...