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Monday, August 8 • 9:15am - 10:30am
Large-Scale Automated Vulnerability Addition and the Search for Truth

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Work on automating vulnerability discovery has long been hampered by a shortage of ground-truth corpora with which to evaluate tools and techniques. This lack of ground truth prevents authors and users of tools alike from being able to measure such fundamental quantities as miss and false alarm rates. In this talk, we detail LAVA, a novel dynamic taint analysis-based technique for producing ground-truth corpora by quickly and automatically injecting large numbers of realistic bugs into program source code. Every LAVA bug is accompanied by an input that triggers it whereas normal inputs are extremely unlikely to do so. These vulnerabilities are synthetic but, we argue, still realistic, in the sense that they are embedded deep within programs and are triggered by real inputs. LAVA has already been used to inject thousands of bugs into programs of between 10K and 2M LOC, and we have begun to use the resulting corpora to evaluate bug finding tools.


Monday August 8, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am PDT
Texas Ballroom 2–3

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