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Sp├Ąth, Johannes ; Nguyen Quang Do, Lisa ; Ali, Karim ; Bodden, Eric

Boomerang: Demand-Driven Flow- and Context-Sensitive Pointer Analysis for Java

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Many current program analyses require highly precise pointer
information about small, tar- geted parts of a given program. This
motivates the need for demand-driven pointer analyses that compute
information only where required. Pointer analyses generally compute
points-to sets of program variables or answer boolean alias
queries. However, many client analyses require richer pointer
information. For example, taint and typestate analyses often need to
know the set of all aliases of a given variable under a certain
calling context. With most current pointer analyses, clients must
compute such information through repeated points-to or alias queries, increasing complexity and computation time for them.

This paper presents Boomerang, a demand-driven, flow-, field-, and
context-sensitive pointer analysis for Java programs. Boomerang
computes rich results that include both the possible allocation sites of a given pointer (points-to information) and all pointers that can point to those allocation sites (alias information). For increased precision and scalability, clients can query Boomerang with respect to particular calling contexts of interest.

Our experiments show that Boomerang is more precise than existing
demand-driven pointer analyses. Additionally, using Boomerang, the
taint analysis FlowDroid issues up to 29.4x fewer pointer queries
compared to using other pointer analyses that return simpler pointer
infor- mation. Furthermore, the search space of Boomerang can be
significantly reduced by requesting calling contexts from the client

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Johannes Sp{\"a}th and Lisa Nguyen Quang Do and Karim Ali and Eric Bodden},
  title =	{{Boomerang: Demand-Driven Flow- and Context-Sensitive Pointer Analysis for Java}},
  booktitle =	{30th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP 2016)},
  pages =	{22:1--22:26},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-014-9},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2016},
  volume =	{56},
  editor =	{Shriram Krishnamurthi and Benjamin S. Lerner},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-61164},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ECOOP.2016.22},
  annote =	{Keywords: Demand-Driven; Static Analysis; IFDS; Aliasing; Points-to Analysis}

Keywords: Demand-Driven; Static Analysis; IFDS; Aliasing; Points-to Analysis
Collection: 30th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP 2016)
Issue Date: 2016
Date of publication: 18.07.2016

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