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Title: Program analysis in a combined abstract domain
Author: He, Guanhua
ISNI:       0000 0004 2713 7584
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2011
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Automated verification of heap-manipulating programs is a challenging task due to the complexity of aliasing and mutability of data structures used in these programs. The properties of a number of important data structures do not only relate to one domain, but to combined multiple domains, such as sorted list, priority queues, height-balanced trees and so on. The safety and sometimes efficiency of programs do rely on the properties of those data structures. This thesis focuses on developing a verification system for both functional correctness and memory safety of such programs which involve heap-based data structures. Two automated inference mechanisms are presented for heap-manipulating programs in this thesis. Firstly, an abstract interpretation based approach is proposed to synthesise program invariants in a combined pure and shape domain. Newly designed abstraction, join and widening operators have been defined for the combined domain. Furthermore, a compositional analysis approach is described to discover both pre-/post-conditions of programs with a bi-abduction technique in the combined domain. As results of my thesis, both inference approaches have been implemented and the obtained results validate the feasibility and precision of proposed approaches. The outcomes of the thesis confirm that it is possible and practical to analyse heap-manipulating programs automatically and precisely by using abstract interpretation in a sophisticated combined domain.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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