invariants-verify-rv2001

invariants-verify-rv2001 - RV’01 Preliminary Version...

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Unformatted text preview: RV’01 Preliminary Version Static verification of dynamically detected program invariants: Integrating Daikon and ESC/Java Jeremy W. Nimmer and Michael D. Ernst MIT Lab for Computer Science 200 Technology Square Cambridge, MA 02139 USA Email: { jwnimmer, mernst } @lcs.mit.edu Abstract This paper shows how to integrate two complementary techniques for manip- ulating program invariants: dynamic detection and static verification. Dynamic detection proposes likely invariants based on program executions, but the resulting properties are not guaranteed to be true over all possible executions. Static veri- fication checks that properties are always true, but it can be difficult and tedious to select a goal and to annotate programs for input to a static checker. Combining these techniques overcomes the weaknesses of each: dynamically detected invariants can annotate a program or provide goals for static verification, and static verification can confirm properties proposed by a dynamic tool. We have integrated a tool for dynamically detecting likely program invariants, Daikon, with a tool for statically verifying program properties, ESC/Java. Daikon examines run-time values of program variables; it looks for patterns and relation- ships in those values, and it reports properties that are never falsified during test runs and that satisfy certain other conditions, such as being statistically justified. ESC/Java takes as input a Java program annotated with preconditions, postcondi- tions, and other assertions, and it reports which annotations cannot be statically verified and also warns of potential runtime errors, such as null dereferences and out-of-bounds array indices. Our prototype system runs Daikon, inserts its output into code as ESC/Java annotations, and then runs ESC/Java, which reports unverifiable annotations. The entire process is completely automatic, though users may provide guidance in order to improve results if desired. In preliminary experiments, ESC/Java verified all or most of the invariants proposed by Daikon. This is a preliminary version. The final version will be published in Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science URL: www.elsevier.nl/locate/entcs Nimmer and Ernst 1 Introduction Static and dynamic analyses have complementary strengths and weaknesses, so combining them has great promise. Static analysis operates by examin- ing program source code and reasoning about possible executions. It builds a model of the state of the program, such as values for variables and other expressions. Static analysis can be conservative and sound; however, it can be inefficient, can produce weak results, and can require explicit goals or an- notations. Dynamic analysis obtains information from program executions; examples include profiling and testing. Rather than modeling the state of the program, dynamic analysis uses actual values computed during program exe- cutions. Dynamic analysis can be efficient and precise, but the results may not generalize to future program executions. Our research integrates static and dy-generalize to future program executions....
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2012 for the course CSE 503 taught by Professor Davidnotikin during the Spring '11 term at University of Washington.

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