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Context-bounded model checking of LTL properties for ANSI-C software

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Context-bounded model checking has successfully been used to verify safety properties in multi-threaded systems automatically, even if they are implemented in low-level programming languages like ANSI-C. In this paper, we describe and experiment with an approach to extend context-bounded model checking to liveness properties expressed in linear-time temporal logic (LTL). Our approach converts the LTL formulae into Buechi-automata and then further into C monitor threads, which are interleaved with the execution of the program under test. This combined system is then checked using the ESBMC model checker. Since this approach explores a larger number of interleavings than normal context-bounded model checking, we use a state hashing technique which substantially reduces the number of redundant interleavings that are explored and so mitigates state space explosion. Our experimental results show that we can verify non-trivial properties in the firmware of a medical device.

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Morse, Jeremy, Cordeiro, Lucas, Nicole, Denis and Fischer, Bernd (2011) Context-bounded model checking of LTL properties for ANSI-C software In Software Engineering and Formal Methods. vol. 7041, Springer., pp. 302-317. (doi:10.1007/978-3-642-24690-6_21).

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Published date: 17 November 2011
Venue - Dates: 9th International Conference, SEFM 2011, Uruguay, 2011-11-14 - 2011-11-18
Organisations: Electronic & Software Systems


Local EPrints ID: 273017
ISBN: 978-3-642-24689-0
PURE UUID: 52371f41-86c1-4f3f-a989-c9a6d0cd9dc1

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Date deposited: 18 Nov 2011 10:41
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:17

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Author: Jeremy Morse
Author: Lucas Cordeiro
Author: Denis Nicole
Author: Bernd Fischer

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