Date of Original Version

10-2012

Type

Technical Report

Abstract or Description

Mutational input testing (fuzzing, and in particular dumb fuzzing) is an effective technique for discovering vulnerabilities in software. However, many of the bitwise changes in fuzzed input files are not relevant to the actual software crashes found. This report describes an algorithm that efficiently reverts bits from the fuzzed file to those found in the original seed file, keeping only the minimal bits required to recreate the crash under investigation. This technique reduces the complexity of analyzing a crashing test case by eliminating the changes to the seed file that are not essential to the crash being evaluated

Comments

CMU/SEI-2012-TN-018

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