The Bugs Framework (BF): A Structured Approach to Express Bugs

Published: August 01, 2016


Irena V. Bojanova, Paul E. Black, Yaacov Yesha, Yan Wu


To achieve higher levels of assurance for digital systems, we need to answer questions such as, does this software have bugs of these critical classes? Do these two tools generally find the same set of bugs, or different, complimentary sets? Can we guarantee that a new technique discovers all problems of this type? To answer such questions, we need a vastly improved way to describe classes of vulnerabilities and chains of failures. This paper presents a descriptive framework that will lift the current realm of best efforts and useful heuristics. Our framework includes rigorous definitions and (static) characteristics of bug classes, along with their related dynamic properties, such as proximate, secondary, and tertiary causes and consequences (CCC), and sites. The paper discusses the buffer overflow class, the injection class, and the interaction frequency control class, and provides examples of applying our taxonomy to describe particular vulnerabilities.
Conference Dates: August 1-3, 2016
Conference Location: Viena, -1
Conference Title: IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability & Security (QRS 2016)
Pub Type: Conferences

Download Paper


software weaknesses, bug taxonomy, software vulnerabilities, attacks
Created August 01, 2016, Updated April 26, 2019