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Modular verification of software components in C
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
, 2003
"... We present a new methodology for automatic verification of C programs against finite state machine specifications. Our approach is compositional, naturally enabling us to decompose the verification of large software systems into subproblems of manageable complexity. The decomposition reflects the mo ..."
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We present a new methodology for automatic verification of C programs against finite state machine specifications. Our approach is compositional, naturally enabling us to decompose the verification of large software systems into subproblems of manageable complexity. The decomposition reflects the modularity in the software design. We use weak simulation as the notion of conformance between the program and its specification. Following the abstractverifyrefine paradigm, our tool MAGIC first extracts a finite model from C source code using predicate abstraction and theorem proving. Subsequently, simulation is checked via a reduction to Boolean satisfiability. MAGIC is able to interface with several publicly available theorem provers and SAT solvers. We report experimental results with procedures from the Linux kernel and the OpenSSL toolkit.
Lazy Satisfiability Modulo Theories
 JOURNAL ON SATISFIABILITY, BOOLEAN MODELING AND COMPUTATION 3 (2007) 141Â224
, 2007
"... Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT) is the problem of deciding the satisfiability of a firstorder formula with respect to some decidable firstorder theory T (SMT (T)). These problems are typically not handled adequately by standard automated theorem provers. SMT is being recognized as increasingl ..."
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Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT) is the problem of deciding the satisfiability of a firstorder formula with respect to some decidable firstorder theory T (SMT (T)). These problems are typically not handled adequately by standard automated theorem provers. SMT is being recognized as increasingly important due to its applications in many domains in different communities, in particular in formal verification. An amount of papers with novel and very efficient techniques for SMT has been published in the last years, and some very efficient SMT tools are now available. Typical SMT (T) problems require testing the satisfiability of formulas which are Boolean combinations of atomic propositions and atomic expressions in T, so that heavy Boolean reasoning must be efficiently combined with expressive theoryspecific reasoning. The dominating approach to SMT (T), called lazy approach, is based on the integration of a SAT solver and of a decision procedure able to handle sets of atomic constraints in T (Tsolver), handling respectively the Boolean and the theoryspecific components of reasoning. Unfortunately, neither the problem of building an efficient SMT solver, nor even that
CVC: a Cooperating Validity Checker
 In 14th International Conference on ComputerAided Verification
, 2002
"... Decision procedures for decidable logics and logical theories have proven to be useful tools in verification. This paper describes the CVC ("Cooperating Validity Checker") decision procedure. CVC implements a framework for combining subsidiary decision procedures for certain logical theori ..."
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Decision procedures for decidable logics and logical theories have proven to be useful tools in verification. This paper describes the CVC ("Cooperating Validity Checker") decision procedure. CVC implements a framework for combining subsidiary decision procedures for certain logical theories into a decision procedure for the theories' union. Subsidiary decision procedures for theories of arrays, inductive datatypes, and linear real arithmetic are currently implemented. Other notable features of CVC are the incorporation of the highperformance Cha solver for propositional reasoning, and the ability to produce independently checkable proofs for valid formulas.
The Model Evolution Calculus
, 2003
"... The DPLL procedure is the basis of some of the most successful propositional satisfiability solvers to date. Although originally devised as a proofprocedure for firstorder logic, it has been used almost exclusively for propositional logic so far because of its highly inefficient treatment of quanti ..."
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The DPLL procedure is the basis of some of the most successful propositional satisfiability solvers to date. Although originally devised as a proofprocedure for firstorder logic, it has been used almost exclusively for propositional logic so far because of its highly inefficient treatment of quantifiers, based on instantiation into ground formulas. The recent FDPLL calculus by Baumgartner was the first successful attempt to lift the procedure to the firstorder level without resorting to ground instantiations. FDPLL lifts to the firstorder case the core of the DPLL procedure, the splitting rule, but ignores other aspects of the procedure that, although not necessary for completeness, are crucial for its effectiveness in practice. In this paper, we present a new calculus loosely based on FDPLL that lifts these aspects as well. In addition to being a more faithful litfing of the DPLL procedure, the new calculus contains a more systematic treatment of universal literals, one of FDPLL's optimizations, and so has the potential of leading to much faster implementations.
Generating Tests from Counterexamples
 In Proc. of the 26th ICSE
, 2004
"... We have extended the software model checker BLAST to automatically generate test suites that guarantee full coverage with respect to a given predicate. More precisely, given a C program and a target predicate p, BLAST determines the set L of program locations which program execution can reach with p ..."
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We have extended the software model checker BLAST to automatically generate test suites that guarantee full coverage with respect to a given predicate. More precisely, given a C program and a target predicate p, BLAST determines the set L of program locations which program execution can reach with p true, and automatically generates a set of test vectors that exhibit the truth of p at all locations in L. We have used BLAST to generate test suites and to detect dead code in C programs with up to 30 K lines of code. The analysis and testvector generation is fully automatic (no user intervention) and exact (no false positives).
Dynamic test input generation for database applications
 In ISSTA
, 2007
"... We describe an algorithm for automatic test input generation for database applications. Given a program in an imperative language that interacts with a database through API calls, our algorithm generates both input data for the program as well as suitable database records to systematically explore a ..."
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We describe an algorithm for automatic test input generation for database applications. Given a program in an imperative language that interacts with a database through API calls, our algorithm generates both input data for the program as well as suitable database records to systematically explore all paths of the program, including those paths whose execution depend on data returned by database queries. Our algorithm is based on concolic execution, where the program is run with concrete inputs and simultaneously also with symbolic inputs for both program variables as well as the database state. The symbolic constraints generated along a path enable us to derive new input values and new database records that can cause execution to hit uncovered paths. Simultaneously, the concrete execution helps to retain precision in the symbolic computations by allowing dynamic values to be used in the symbolic executor. This allows our algorithm, for example, to identify concrete SQL queries made by the program, even if these queries are built dynamically. The contributions of this paper are the following. We develop an algorithm that can track symbolic constraints across language boundaries and use those constraints in conjunction with a novel constraint solver to generate both program inputs and database state. We propose a constraint solver that can solve symbolic constraints consisting of both linear arithmetic constraints over variables as well as string constraints (string equality, disequality, as well as membership in regular languages). Finally, we provide an evaluation of the algorithm on a Java implementation of MediaWiki, a popular wiki package that interacts with a database backend.
Cogent: Accurate theorem proving for program verification
 Proceedings of CAV 2005, volume 3576 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 2005
"... Abstract. Many symbolic software verification engines such as Slam and ESC/Java rely on automatic theorem provers. The existing theorem provers, such as Simplify, lack precise support for important programming language constructs such as pointers, structures and unions. This paper describes a theore ..."
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Abstract. Many symbolic software verification engines such as Slam and ESC/Java rely on automatic theorem provers. The existing theorem provers, such as Simplify, lack precise support for important programming language constructs such as pointers, structures and unions. This paper describes a theorem prover, Cogent, that accurately supports all ANSIC expressions. The prover’s implementation is based on a machinelevel interpretation of expressions into propositional logic, and supports finite machinelevel variables, bit operations, structures, unions, references, pointers and pointer arithmetic. When used by Slam during the model checking of over 300 benchmarks, Cogent’s improved accuracy reduced the number of Slam timeouts by half, increased the number of true errors found, and decreased the number of false errors. 1
Deconstructing Shostak
, 2002
"... Decision procedures for equality in a combination of theories are at the core of a number of verification systems. Shostak's decision procedure for equality in the combination of solvable and canonizable theories has been around for nearly two decades. Variations of this decision procedure have ..."
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Decision procedures for equality in a combination of theories are at the core of a number of verification systems. Shostak's decision procedure for equality in the combination of solvable and canonizable theories has been around for nearly two decades. Variations of this decision procedure have been implemented in a number of systems including STP, Ehdm, PVS, STeP, and SVC. The algorithm is quite subtle and a correctness argument for it has remained elusive. Shostak's algorithm and all previously published variants of it yield incomplete decision procedures. We describe a variant of Shostak's algorithm along with proofs of termination, soundness, and completeness.
Modeling and Verification of a FaultTolerant Realtime Startup Protocol using Calendar Automata
, 2004
"... We discuss the modeling and verification of realtime systems using the SAL model checker. A new modeling framework based on event calendars enables dense timed systems to be described without relying on continuously varying clocks. We present verification techniques that rely on induction and ab ..."
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We discuss the modeling and verification of realtime systems using the SAL model checker. A new modeling framework based on event calendars enables dense timed systems to be described without relying on continuously varying clocks. We present verification techniques that rely on induction and abstraction, and show how these techniques are e#ciently supported by the SAL symbolic modelchecking tools. The modeling and verification method is applied to the faulttolerant realtime startup protocol used in the Timed Triggered Architecture.