Semantic Fault Localization and Suspiciousness Ranking

2019
Authors
Christakis, Maria
Heizmann, Matthias
Wüstholz, Valentin
Publication type
Contribution to a conference collection
Published
Published in
Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems : 25th International Conference, TACAS 2019, Held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2019 / Vojnar, Tomáš; Zhang, Lijun (ed.). - Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2019. - (Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; 11427). - pp. 226-243. - ISSN 0302-9743. - eISSN 1611-3349. - ISBN 978-3-030-17461-3
Abstract
Static program analyzers are increasingly effective in checking correctness properties of programs and reporting any errors found, often in the form of error traces. However, developers still spend a significant amount of time on debugging. This involves processing long error traces in an effort to localize a bug to a relatively small part of the program and to identify its cause. In this paper, we present a technique for automated fault localization that, given a program and an error trace, efficiently narrows down the cause of the error to a few statements. These statements are then ranked in terms of their suspiciousness. Our technique relies only on the semantics of the given program and does not require any test cases or user guidance. In experiments on a set of C benchmarks, we show that our technique is effective in quickly isolating the cause of error while out-performing other state-of-the-art fault-localization techniques.
Subject (DDC)
004 Computer Science
Conference
TACAS 2019: Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems, Apr 6, 2019 - Apr 11, 2019, Prag
Cite This
ISO 690CHRISTAKIS, Maria, Matthias HEIZMANN, Muhammad Numair MANSUR, Christian SCHILLING, Valentin WÜSTHOLZ, 2019. Semantic Fault Localization and Suspiciousness Ranking. TACAS 2019: Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems. Prag, Apr 6, 2019 - Apr 11, 2019. In: VOJNAR, Tomáš, ed., Lijun ZHANG, ed.. Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems : 25th International Conference, TACAS 2019, Held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2019. Cham:Springer International Publishing, pp. 226-243. ISSN 0302-9743. eISSN 1611-3349. ISBN 978-3-030-17461-3. Available under: doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-17462-0_13
BibTex
@inproceedings{Christakis2019-04-04Seman-53640,
year={2019},
doi={10.1007/978-3-030-17462-0_13},
title={Semantic Fault Localization and Suspiciousness Ranking},
number={11427},
isbn={978-3-030-17461-3},
issn={0302-9743},
publisher={Springer International Publishing},
series={Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
booktitle={Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems : 25th International Conference, TACAS 2019, Held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2019},
pages={226--243},
editor={Vojnar, Tomáš and Zhang, Lijun},
author={Christakis, Maria and Heizmann, Matthias and Mansur, Muhammad Numair and Schilling, Christian and Wüstholz, Valentin}
}

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