Code coverage as the primitive dynamic program behavior information, is widely adopted to facilitate a rich spectrum of software engineering tasks, such as testing, fuzzing, debugging, fault detection, reverse engineering, and program understanding. Thanks to the widespread applications, it is crucial to ensure the reliability of the code coverage profilers.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of research attention and the existence of testing oracle problem, the coverage profilers are far away from being tested sufficiently. Bugs are still regularly seen in the widely deployed profilers, like gcov and llvm-cov, along with gcc and llvm, respectively.
This paper proposes Cod, a fully automated self-validator for effectively uncovering bugs in the coverage profilers. Cod takes a single profiler and a program (either from a compiler’s test suite or generated randomly) as input and uncovers the bugs by identifying the inconsistency of coverage results from the input program and its equivalent mutated variants whose coverage statistics are expected to be identical.
We evaluated Cod over two of the most well-known code coverage profilers, namely gcov and llvm-cov. Within a fourmonth testing period, a total of 196 potential bugs (123 for gcov, 73 for llvm-cov) are found, among which 23 are confirmed by the developers.
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Yibiao YangHuazhong University of Science and Technology, Yanyan JiangNanjing University, Zhiqiang ZuoNanjing University, China, Yang WangNanjing University, Hao SunUnaffiliated, Hongmin LuNanjing University, Yuming ZhouNanjing University, Baowen XuNanjing UniversityPre-print
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Ariel GodioDept. of Software Engineering Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires, Valeria BengoleaDept. of Computer Science FCEFQyN, University of Rio Cuarto, Pablo PonzioDept. of Computer Science FCEFQyN, University of Rio Cuarto, Nazareno AguirreDept. of Computer Science FCEFQyN, University of Rio Cuarto, Marcelo F. FriasDept. of Software Engineering Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
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Hung Viet NguyenGoogle LLC, USA, Hung Dang PhanECpE Department, Iowa State University, Christian KästnerCarnegie Mellon University, Tien N. NguyenUniversity of Texas at DallasLink to publication
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