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Dynamic data flow analysis of C programs

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2 Author(s)
Caliss, F.W. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Durham Univ., UK ; Cornelius, B.J.

A description of a dynamic data-flow analysis method for C programs is given. The method extends the work of J.C. Huang (IEEE Trans. Softw. Eng., vol.SE-5, no.3, p.226, 236, 1979) to array elements, struct variables, pointers, and dynamic variables. A different approach is used for the analysis of subroutines. For most kinds of variables, a full set of operations is permitted, and for pointer variables, pointer arithmetic, and pointer-array notation interchanging is allowed. The method can be used as the basis for a tool for detecting anomalies in C programs.<>

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System Sciences, 1988. Vol.II. Software Track, Proceedings of the Twenty-First Annual Hawaii International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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0-0 1988