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ICSE 2020
Wed 24 June - Thu 16 July 2020
Sat 11 Jul 2020 16:05 - 16:17 at Goguryeo - A29-Code Analysis and Verification Chair(s): Elena Sherman

The assessment of information flows is an essential part of analyzing Android apps, and is frequently supported by static taint analysis. Its precision, however, can suffer from the analysis not being able to precisely determine what elements a pointer can (and cannot) point to. Recent advances in static analysis suggest that incorporating dynamic heap snapshots, taken at one point at runtime, can significantly improve general static analysis. In this paper, we investigate to what extent this also holds for taint analysis, and how various design decisions, such as when and how many snapshots are collected during execution, and how exactly they are used, impact soundness and precision. We have extended FlowDroid to incorporate heap snapshots, yielding our prototype Heapster, and evaluated it on DroidMacroBench, a novel benchmark comprising real-world Android apps that we also make available as an artifact. The results show 1. the use of heap snapshots lowers analysis time while increasing precision; 2. a very good trade-off between precision and recall is achieved by a mixed mode in which the analysis falls back to static points-to relations for objects for which no dynamic data was recorded; and 3. while a single heap snapshot (ideally taken at the end of the execution) suffices to improve performance and precision, a better trade-off can be obtained by using multiple snapshots.

Slides (HeapsNLeaks_New.pdf)3.36MiB
Preprint (ICSE20HeapDump.pdf)865KiB

Sat 11 Jul

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16:05 - 17:05
A29-Code Analysis and VerificationTechnical Papers / New Ideas and Emerging Results at Goguryeo
Chair(s): Elena Sherman Boise State University
Heaps'n Leaks: How Heap Snapshots Improve Android Taint AnalysisArtifact ReusableTechnicalArtifact Available
Technical Papers
Manuel Benz University of Paderborn, Erik Krogh Kristensen GitHub, Linghui Luo Paderborn University, Germany, Nataniel Borges Jr. CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, Eric Bodden Heinz Nixdorf Institut, Paderborn University and Fraunhofer IEM, Andreas Zeller CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
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Verifying Object ConstructionTechnicalArtifact Available
Technical Papers
Martin Kellogg University of Washington, Seattle, Manli Ran University of California, Riverside, Manu Sridharan University of California Riverside, Martin Schäf Amazon Web Services, USA, Michael D. Ernst University of Washington, USA
Predictive Constraint Solving and AnalysisNew Ideas and Emerging Results Distinguished Paper AwardsNIER
New Ideas and Emerging Results
Alyas Almaawi The University of Texas at Austin, Nima Dini University of Texas at Austin, Cagdas Yelen The University of Texas at Austin, Milos Gligoric The University of Texas at Austin, Sasa Misailovic University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sarfraz Khurshid University of Texas at Austin, USA
When APIs are Intentionally Bypassed: An Exploratory Study of API WorkaroundsTechnical
Technical Papers
Maxime Lamothe Concordia University, Weiyi Shang Concordia University
Demystify Official API Usage Directives with Crowdsourced API Misuse Scenarios, Erroneous Code Examples and PatchesTechnical
Technical Papers
Xiaoxue Ren Zhejiang University, Zhenchang Xing Australia National University, Jiamou Sun Australian National University, Xin Xia Monash University, JianLing Sun Zhejiang University