Maria Christakis

(University of Kent)
hosted by Viktor Vafeiadis

"Guiding program analyzers toward unsafe executions"

( MPI-SWS talk in Kooperation mit dem Fachbereich Informatik)

Most static program analysis techniques do not fully verify all possible executions of a program. They leave executions unverified when they do not check certain properties, fail to verify properties, or check properties under certain unsound assumptions, such as the absence of arithmetic overflow. In the first part of the talk, I will present a technique to complement partial verification results by automatic test case generation. In contrast to existing work, our technique supports the common case that the verification results are based on unsound assumptions. We annotate programs to reflect which executions have been verified, and under which assumptions. These annotations are then used to guide dynamic symbolic execution toward unverified program executions, leading to smaller and more effective test suites.

In the second part of the talk, I will describe a new program simplification technique, called program trimming. Program trimming is a program pre-processing step to remove execution paths while retaining equi-safety (that is, the generated program has a bug if and only if the original program has a bug). Since many program analyzers are sensitive to the number of execution paths, program trimming has the potential to improve their effectiveness. I will show that program trimming has a considerable positive impact on the effectiveness of two program analysis techniques, abstract interpretation and dynamic symbolic execution.

Bio: Maria Christakis is currently a lecturer (assistant professor) in the School of Computing at the University of Kent, England. She was previously a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research Redmond, USA. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science of ETH Zurich, Switzerland in the summer of 2015. Maria was awarded with the ETH medal for an outstanding doctoral thesis. She completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

Time: Monday, 06.02.2017, 10:00 a.m.
Place: MPI-SWS Kaiserslautern Paul Ehrlich Str. 26, room 111
Video: Simultaneous video cast to MPI-SWS Saarbrücken, Campus E1 5, room 029