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2015 IEEE/ACM 10th International Workshop on Automation of Software Test (AST) (2015)
Florence, Italy
May 23, 2015 to May 24, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4673-7022-6
pp: 23-27
ABSTRACT
Dynamic symbolic execution or concolic testing has been proposed recently to effectively generate test inputs for real-world programs. Unfortunately, dynamic symbolic execution techniques do not scale well for large realistic programs, because often the number of feasible execution paths of a program increases exponentially with the increase in the length of an execution path. We believe that programmers usually have a good understanding of programs they write and could help concolic testing to guide path exploration effectively so that concolic testing can achieve the desired testing goal quickly. In this paper, we propose a simple annotation mechanism, called Guide SE, that enables a programmer to guide concolic testing by annotating the program under test. We have currently identified three mechanisms for providing these annotations: control annotations, equivalence annotations, and data annotations. Controls annotations allow a programmer to specify the paths of interest using regular expressions. Equivalence annotations enable a programmer to prune paths that result in user defined equivalent states. Data annotations allow a programmer to abstract portions of the program under test and to explore the reduced path space of the abstract program.
INDEX TERMS
Java, Arrays, Benchmark testing, Concrete, Engines, Space exploration
CITATION

K. Sen, H. Tanno, X. Zhang and T. Hoshino, "GuideSE: Annotations for Guiding Concolic Testing," 2015 IEEE/ACM 10th International Workshop on Automation of Software Test (AST), Florence, Italy, 2015, pp. 23-27.
doi:10.1109/AST.2015.12
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