May 01, 2012: Afshin Amighi: Sound Control-Flow Graph Extraction for Java Programs with Exceptions

May 01, 2012Sound Control-Flow Graph Extraction for Java Programs with Exceptions
Room: Zi 5126Afshin Amighi

We present an algorithm to extract control-flow graphs from Java bytecode, considering exceptional flows. We then establish its correctness: the behavior of the extracted graphs is shown to be a sound over-approximation of the behavior of the original programs. Thus, any temporal safety property that holds for the extracted control-flow graph also holds for the original program. This makes the extracted graphs suitable for performing various static analyses, in particular model checking.
The extraction proceeds in two phases. First, we translate Java bytecode into BIR, a stack-less intermediate representation. The BIR transformation is developed as a module of Sawja, a novel static analysis framework for Java bytecode. Besides Sawja's efficiency, the resulting intermediate representation is more compact than the original bytecode and provides an explicit representation of exceptions. These features make BIR a natural starting point for sound control-flow graph extraction.
Next, we formally define the transformation from BIR to control-flow graphs, which (among other features) considers the propagation of uncaught exceptions within method calls. We prove the correctness of the two-phase extraction by suitably combining the properties of the two transformations with those of an idealized control-flow graph extraction algorithm, whose correctness has been proved directly. The control-flow graph extraction algorithm is implemented in the CFGExt tool. A number of test-cases show the efficiency and the utility of the implementation.