Static Analysis and Runtime-Assertion Checking: Contribution to Security Counter-Measures

Dillon Pariente, Julien Signoles

07/06/2017

This paper presents a methodology which combines static analysis and runtime assertion checking in order to automatically generate counter-measures, and execute them whenever a flaw in the code which may compromise the security of an application is detected during execution. Static analysis pinpoints alarms that must be converted into runtime checks. Therefore the verifier is able to only monitor the security critical points of the application. This method allows to strengthen a security-critical source code in a cost-effective manner. We implemented it in the Frama-C framework and experimented it on a real use case based on Apache web server. The paper ends with preliminary considerations on potential perspectives for security evaluation and certification.

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