SMT-Based Bounded Model Checking for Embedded ANSI-C Software

Cordeiro, Lucas, Fischer, Bernd and Marques-Silva, Joao (2009) SMT-Based Bounded Model Checking for Embedded ANSI-C Software s.n.


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Propositional bounded model checking has been applied successfully to verify embedded software but is limited by the increasing propositional formula size and the loss of structure during the translation. These limitations can be reduced by encoding word-level information in theories richer than propositional logic and using SMT solvers for the generated verification conditions. Here, we investigate the application of different SMT solvers to the verification of embedded software written in ANSI-C. We have extended the encodings from previous SMT-based bounded model checkers to provide more accurate support for finite variables, bit-vector operations, arrays, structures, unions and pointers. We have integrated the CVC3, Boolector, and Z3 solvers with the CBMC front-end and evaluated them using both standard software model checking benchmarks and typical embedded applications from telecommunications, control systems and medical devices. The experiments show that our approach can analyze larger problems and substantially reduce the verification time.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Organisations: Electronic & Software Systems
ePrint ID: 267593
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19 June 2009Submitted
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2009 07:52
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2017 09:52
NOTOS: New algOrithm for LTL mOdel checking with Satisfiability
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/E012973/1)
Led by: Bernd Fischer
2 April 2007 to 1 April 2010
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