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2013 IEEE 24th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE) (2013)
Pasadena, CA, USA USA
Nov. 4, 2013 to Nov. 7, 2013
pp: 178-187
Domenico Cotroneo , DIETI department Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Via Claudio, 21 80125, Naples, Italy
Michael Grottke , Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Lange Gasse 20, 90403 Nuremberg, Germany
Roberto Natella , DIETI department Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Via Claudio, 21 80125, Naples, Italy
Roberto Pietrantuono , DIETI department Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Via Claudio, 21 80125, Naples, Italy
Kishor S. Trivedi , Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, USA
ABSTRACT
With software systems becoming increasingly large and complex, many difficulties in coping with software bugs arise for developers. Despite good development practices, thorough testing, and proper maintenance policies, a non-negligible number of bugs remain in the released software. Understanding the type of residual bugs is fundamental for adopting proper countermeasures in current and future software releases. Depending on the fault triggering conditions that lead to a failure, developers can introduce fault-tolerance mechanisms and plan verification and validation strategies. In this paper, we analyze bugs in four large open-source software systems during their lifecycle, based on the concept of fault triggers. We first investigate how the type of system affects the bug type proportions, and their evolution over years. Then, an analysis of bug subtypes is performed, so as to better understand their nature, followed by a comparison with respect to attributes such as their average time to fix and severity.
INDEX TERMS
fault trigger, aging-related bug, Bohrbug, Mandelbug, fault classification
CITATION
Domenico Cotroneo, Michael Grottke, Roberto Natella, Roberto Pietrantuono, Kishor S. Trivedi, "Fault triggers in open-source software: An experience report", 2013 IEEE 24th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE), vol. 00, no. , pp. 178-187, 2013, doi:10.1109/ISSRE.2013.6698917
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