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Separation and Information Hiding
, 2004
"... We investigate proof rules for information hiding, using the recent formalism of separation logic. In essence, we use the separating conjunction to partition the internal resources of a module from those accessed by the module's clients. The use of a logical connective gives rise to a form of d ..."
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We investigate proof rules for information hiding, using the recent formalism of separation logic. In essence, we use the separating conjunction to partition the internal resources of a module from those accessed by the module's clients. The use of a logical connective gives rise to a form of dynamic partitioning, where we track the transfer of ownership of portions of heap storage between program components. It also enables us to enforce separation in the presence of mutable data structures with embedded addresses that may be aliased.
Local action and abstract separation logic
 IN PROC. 22ND ANNUAL IEEE SYMPOSIUM ON LOGIC IN COMPUTER SCIENCE (LICS’07
, 2007
"... Separation logic is an extension of Hoare’s logic which supports a local way of reasoning about programs that mutate memory. We present a study of the semantic structures lying behind the logic. The core idea is of a local action, a state transformer that mutates the state in a local way. We formula ..."
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Separation logic is an extension of Hoare’s logic which supports a local way of reasoning about programs that mutate memory. We present a study of the semantic structures lying behind the logic. The core idea is of a local action, a state transformer that mutates the state in a local way. We formulate local actions for a general class of models called separation algebras, abstracting from the RAM and other specific concrete models used in work on separation logic. Local actions provide a semantics for a generalized form of (sequential) separation logic. We also show that our conditions on local actions allow a general soundness proof for a separation logic for concurrency, interpreted over arbitrary separation algebras.
Bi hyperdoctrines, higherorder separation logic, and abstraction
 IN ESOP’05, LNCS
, 2005
"... We present a precise correspondence between separation logic and a simple notion of predicate BI, extending the earlier correspondence given between part of separation logic and propositional BI. Moreover, we introduce the notion of a BI hyperdoctrine and show that it soundly models classical and in ..."
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We present a precise correspondence between separation logic and a simple notion of predicate BI, extending the earlier correspondence given between part of separation logic and propositional BI. Moreover, we introduce the notion of a BI hyperdoctrine and show that it soundly models classical and intuitionistic first and higherorder predicate BI, and use it to show that we may easily extend separation logic to higherorder. We also demonstrate that this extension is important for program proving, since it provides sound reasoning principles for data abstraction in the presence of
Ynot: Dependent types for imperative programs
 In Proceedings of ICFP 2008
, 2008
"... We describe an axiomatic extension to the Coq proof assistant, that supports writing, reasoning about, and extracting higherorder, dependentlytyped programs with sideeffects. Coq already includes a powerful functional language that supports dependent types, but that language is limited to pure, t ..."
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We describe an axiomatic extension to the Coq proof assistant, that supports writing, reasoning about, and extracting higherorder, dependentlytyped programs with sideeffects. Coq already includes a powerful functional language that supports dependent types, but that language is limited to pure, total functions. The key contribution of our extension, which we call Ynot, is the added support for computations that may have effects such as nontermination, accessing a mutable store, and throwing/catching exceptions. The axioms of Ynot form a small trusted computing base which has been formally justified in our previous work on Hoare Type Theory (HTT). We show how these axioms can be combined with the powerful type and abstraction mechanisms of Coq to build higherlevel reasoning mechanisms which in turn can be used to build realistic, verified software components. To substantiate this claim, we describe here a representative series of modules that implement imperative finite maps, including support for a higherorder (effectful) iterator. The implementations range from simple (e.g., association lists) to complex (e.g., hash tables) but share a common interface which abstracts the implementation details and ensures that the modules properly implement the finite map abstraction.
Nested Hoare triples and frame rules for higherorder store
 In Proceedings of the 18th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic
, 2009
"... Abstract. Separation logic is a Hoarestyle logic for reasoning about programs with heapallocated mutable data structures. As a step toward extending separation logic to highlevel languages with MLstyle general (higherorder) storage, we investigate the compatibility of nested Hoare triples with ..."
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Abstract. Separation logic is a Hoarestyle logic for reasoning about programs with heapallocated mutable data structures. As a step toward extending separation logic to highlevel languages with MLstyle general (higherorder) storage, we investigate the compatibility of nested Hoare triples with several variations of higherorder frame rules. The interaction of nested triples and frame rules can be subtle, and the inclusion of certain frame rules is in fact unsound. A particular combination of rules can be shown consistent by means of a Kripke model where worlds live in a recursively defined ultrametric space. The resulting logic allows us to elegantly prove programs involving stored code. In particular, it leads to natural specifications and proofs of invariants required for dealing with recursion through the store. Keywords. Higherorder store, Hoare logic, separation logic, semantics. 1
Towards a Program Logic for JavaScript
"... JavaScript has become the most widely used language for clientside web programming. The dynamic nature of JavaScript makes understanding its code notoriously difficult, leading to buggy programs and a lack of adequate staticanalysis tools. We believe that logical reasoning has much to offer JavaScr ..."
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JavaScript has become the most widely used language for clientside web programming. The dynamic nature of JavaScript makes understanding its code notoriously difficult, leading to buggy programs and a lack of adequate staticanalysis tools. We believe that logical reasoning has much to offer JavaScript: a simple description of program behaviour, a clear understanding of module boundaries, and the ability to verify security contracts. We introduce a program logic for reasoning about a broad subset of JavaScript, including challenging features such as prototype inheritance and with. We adapt ideas from separation logic to provide tractable reasoning about JavaScript code: reasoning about easy programs is easy; reasoning about hard programs is possible. We prove a strong soundness result. All libraries written in our subset and proved correct with respect to their specifications will be wellbehaved, even when called by arbitrary JavaScript code.
Ynot: Reasoning with the awkward squad
 In ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming
, 2008
"... We describe an axiomatic extension to the Coq proof assistant, that supports writing, reasoning about, and extracting higherorder, dependentlytyped programs with sideeffects. Coq already includes a powerful functional language that supports dependent types, but that language is limited to pure, t ..."
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We describe an axiomatic extension to the Coq proof assistant, that supports writing, reasoning about, and extracting higherorder, dependentlytyped programs with sideeffects. Coq already includes a powerful functional language that supports dependent types, but that language is limited to pure, total functions. The key contribution of our extension, which we call Ynot, is the added support for computations that may have effects such as nontermination, accessing a mutable store, and throwing/catching exceptions. The axioms of Ynot form a small trusted computing base which has been formally justified in our previous work on Hoare Type Theory (HTT). We show how these axioms can be combined with the powerful type and abstraction mechanisms of Coq to build higherlevel reasoning mechanisms which in turn can be used to build realistic, verified software components. To substantiate this claim, we describe here a representative series of modules that implement imperative finite maps, including support for a higherorder (effectful) iterator. The implementations range from simple (e.g., association lists) to complex (e.g., hash tables) but share a common interface which abstracts the implementation details and ensures that the modules properly implement the finite map abstraction.
Verifying EventDriven Programs using Ramified Frame Properties
, 2009
"... Interactive programs, such as GUIs or spreadsheets, often maintain dependency information over dynamicallycreated networks of objects. That is, each imperative object tracks not only the objects its own invariant depends on, but also all of the objects which depend upon it, in order to notify them ..."
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Interactive programs, such as GUIs or spreadsheets, often maintain dependency information over dynamicallycreated networks of objects. That is, each imperative object tracks not only the objects its own invariant depends on, but also all of the objects which depend upon it, in order to notify them when it changes. These bidirectional linkages pose a serious challenge to verification, because their correctness relies upon a global invariant over the object graph. We show how to modularly verify programs written using dynamicallygenerated bidirectional dependency information. The critical idea is to distinguish between the footprint of a command, and the state whose invariants depends upon the footprint. To do so, we define an applicationspecific semantics of updates, and introduce the concept of a ramification operator to explain how local changes can alter our knowledge of the rest of the heap. We illustrate the applicability of this style of proof with a case study from functional reactive programming, and formally justify reasoning about an extremely imperative implementation as if it were pure.
A Relational Modal Logic for HigherOrder Stateful ADTs
"... The method of logical relations is a classic technique for proving the equivalence of higherorder programs that implement the same observable behavior but employ different internal data representations. Although it was originally studied for pure, strongly normalizing languages like System F, it ha ..."
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The method of logical relations is a classic technique for proving the equivalence of higherorder programs that implement the same observable behavior but employ different internal data representations. Although it was originally studied for pure, strongly normalizing languages like System F, it has been extended over the past two decades to reason about increasingly realistic languages. In particular, Appel and McAllester’s idea of stepindexing has been used recently to develop syntactic Kripke logical relations for MLlike languages that mix functional and imperative forms of data abstraction. However, while stepindexed models are powerful tools, reasoning with them directly is quite painful, as one is forced to engage in tedious stepindex arithmetic to derive even simple results. In this paper, we propose a logic LADR for equational reasoning about higherorder programs in the presence of existential type abstraction, general recursive types, and higherorder mutable state. LADR exhibits a novel synthesis of features from PlotkinAbadi logic, GödelLöb logic, S4 modal logic, and relational separation logic. Our model of LADR is based on Ahmed, Dreyer, and Rossberg’s stateoftheart stepindexed Kripke logical relation, which was designed to facilitate proofs of representation independence for “statedependent ” ADTs. LADR enables one to express such proofs at a much higher level, without counting steps or reasoning about the subtle, stepstratified construction of possible worlds.