ESEC/FSE 2017

2017 11th Joint Meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE 2017), September 4–8, 2017, Paderborn, Germany

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Handling Failures
Research Papers
S3, Chair: Fabrizio Pastore
Synergistic Debug-Repair of Heap Manipulations
Sahil Verma and Subhajit Roy
(IIT Kanpur, India)
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Abstract: We present Wolverine, an integrated Debug-Repair environment for heap manipulating programs. Wolverine facilitates stepping through a concrete program execution, provides visualizations of the abstract program states (as box-and-arrow diagrams) and integrates a novel, proof-directed repair algorithm to synthesize repair patches. To provide a seamless environment, Wolverine supports "hot-patching" of the generated repair patches, enabling the programmer to continue the debug session without requiring an abort-compile-debug cycle. We also propose new debug-repair possibilities, "specification refinement" and "specification slicing" made possible by Wolverine. We evaluate our framework on 1600 buggy programs (generated using fault injection) on a variety of data-structures like singly, doubly and circular linked-lists, Binary Search Trees, AVL trees, Red-Black trees and Splay trees; Wolverine could repair all the buggy instances within reasonable time (less than 5 sec in most cases). We also evaluate Wolverine on 247 (buggy) student submissions; Wolverine could repair more than 80% of programs where the student had made a reasonable attempt.

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