Dr. Philipp Wendler
Software and Computational Systems Lab
Department of Computer Science
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich)
80538 Munich (Germany)
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Data Flow Based Assessment of Unintended Test Result Deviations
Background: Unintended Test Result Deviations (UTRD) denote changes in test results that are not due to changes in the code under test. UTRD constitute a major impediment to regression testing (a corner-stone of modern software development), because a change in test results is commonly attributed to a change in the code under test (CUT). If a test verdict changes due to other reasons, developers may waste time debugging the CUT, which is not the cause of the changed test result. UTRD has been acknowledged as a major problem by major software companies and organizations, including Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla.Goal: The goal of the proposed thesis is to develop a static data-flow analysis to detect whether test outcomes, which are usually based on data comparisons, depend on possibly uncontrolled inputs to the CUT. Such uncontrolled inputs may, for instance, be environment variables, file I/O, usage of random number generators, etc. The analysis is supposed to work on C programs and should be based on the CPAchecker framework.
To improve replicability of results, it would be good if our benchmarking framework BenchExec would store as much information as possible about each executed benchmarking run, for example hashes of the respective input files (#418). For this we need code that generates SWHIDs, which could even be developed as a separate library. Afterwards, we also need a way for providing this information to users, e.g., together with #524.
Currently assigned topics
Consolidate pointer-aliasing analyses in CPAchecker 
CPAchecker has several different implementations of pointer-aliasing analyses, and the current state of what they support is unclear. This leads to the fact that they are rarely used and causes wrong results in case of pointer aliasing. The goal of this thesis is to create a strong CPA for pointer aliasing (either by merging the existing CPAs or rewriting them) that supports all necessary use cases (fast and imprecise as well as more precise) and migrate all existing uses of other pointer CPAs, such that the old code can be deleted (#358). Afterwards, it may be possible to add additional features (e.g., #742) or extend other components of CPAchecker to make use of the new CPA (e.g., #527, #398).
CPAchecker currently models a program's heap as arrays of ints/floats/etc., depending on the types used in the program (cf. Section 4.4.3 of ). This is imprecise and prevents us from supporting functions like memset, which treat memory as an array of bytes. The goal of this project is to add an alternative heap encoding to CPAchecker's predicate analysis that allows byte-wise access to the heap and support for memset/memcpy/etc.
Our benchmarking framework BenchExec uses cgroups in order to limit and measure time and memory usage during benchmarking. The Linux kernel is replacing cgroups with a new API (v2) and we need to support this in BenchExec (#133). Once we have it, we can use cgroup namespaces to better isolate our containers and provide full support for nested containers (#436).
If you're a student interested in writing your thesis at our chair, you should also have a look at our full list of currently available theses.
- CPAchecker: The Configurable Software-Verification Platform
- BenchExec: A Framework for Reliable Benchmarking and Resource Measurement