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Automatic Error Detection Using Runtime Verification

Runtime verification (RV) is a relatively new software analysis approach, introduced by Klaus Havelund (NASA JPL) and Grigore Rosu in 2001 when they were colleagues at NASA Ames. It combines formal methods with dynamic analysis, the main idea being to formally analyze programs as they execute, observing the results of the execution and using those results to find bugs or violations of specifications. In this talk we will present Runtime Verification technology and products that automatically detect more undefined behaviors in C/C++ applications (e.g., buffer overflows and underflows, stack overflows, data-races, etc.) than the existing commercial static analysis tools, with no false positives. One advantage of RV is that it is based on a formal semantics of the ISO C11 standard, available at 

Runtime Verification, Inc.  is a University of Illinois startup company aimed at incorporating these ideas into well-engineered and easy to use products. The development of the presented technology and products has been generously supported by a NASA SBIR grant (phases I, II, II-E and currently III) and several Boeing and Toyota contracts.

Grigore Rosu/UIUC and Chris Hathhorn/RV Inc.

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Created March 29, 2018