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A Late Treatment of C Precondition in Dynamic Symbolic Execution Testing Tools

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This paper presents a novel technique for handling a precondition in dynamic symbolic execution (DSE) testing tools. It delays precondition constraints until the end of the program path evaluation. This method allows PathCrawler, a DSE tool for C programs, to accept a precondition defined as a C function. It provides a convenient way to express a precondition even for developers who are not familiar with specification formalisms. Our initial experiments show that it is more efficient than early precondition treatment, and has a limited overhead compared to a native treatment of a precondition directly expressed in constraints. It has also proven useful for combinations of static and dynamic analysis.

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hal-00974764 , version 1 (07-04-2014)

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Mickaël Delahaye, Nikolai Kosmatov. A Late Treatment of C Precondition in Dynamic Symbolic Execution Testing Tools. Runtime Verification (RV 2013), 2013, Rennes, France. pp.328-333, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-40787-1_20⟩. ⟨hal-00974764⟩
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