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Fault-oriented software robustness assessment for multicast protocols

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4 Author(s)
Shu Xiao ; ARF, Cisco Syst. Inc., San Jose, CA, USA ; Sheng Li ; Xiangrong Wang ; Deng, L.

This paper reports a systematic approach for detecting software defects in multicast protocol implementations. We deploy a fault-oriented methodology and an integrated test system targeting software robustness vulnerabilities. The primary method is to assess protocol implementation by non-traditional interface fault injection that simulates network attacks. The test system includes a novel packet driving engine, a PDU generator based on Strengthened BNF notation and a few auxiliary tools. We apply it to two multicast protocols, IGMP and PIM-DM, and investigate their behaviors under active functional attacks. Our study proves its effectiveness for promoting production of more reliable multicast software.

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Network Computing and Applications, 2003. NCA 2003. Second IEEE International Symposium on

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16-18 April 2003

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