Execution Hijacking: Improving Dynamic Analysis by Flying off Course

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dc.contributor.author Tsankov, Petar
dc.contributor.author Jin, Wei
dc.contributor.author Orso, Alessandro
dc.contributor.author Sinha, Saurabh
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-16T17:30:00Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-16T17:30:00Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/36919
dc.description.abstract Typically, dynamic-analysis techniques operate on a small subset of all possible program behaviors, which limits their effectiveness and the representativeness of the computed results. To address this issue, a new paradigm is emerging: execution hijacking—techniques that explore a larger set of program behaviors by forcing executions along specific paths. Although hijacked executions are infeasible for the given inputs, they can still produce feasible behaviors that could be observed under other inputs. In such cases, execution hijacking can improve the effectiveness of dynamic analysis without requiring the (expensive) generation of additional inputs. To evaluate the usefulness of execution hijacking, we defined, implemented, and evaluated several variants of it. Specifically, we performed empirical study where we assessed whether execution hijacking could improve the effectiveness of two common dynamic analyses: software testing and memory error detection. The results of the study show that execution hijacking, if suitably performed, can indeed help dynamic analysis techniques. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CERCS ; GIT-CERCS-10-12 en_US
dc.subject Dynamic analysis en_US
dc.subject Execution hijacking en_US
dc.subject Memory error detection en_US
dc.subject Software testing en_US
dc.title Execution Hijacking: Improving Dynamic Analysis by Flying off Course en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename Georgia Institute of Technology. College of Computing
dc.contributor.corporatename Georgia Institute of Technology. Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems
dc.contributor.corporatename IBM Research


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