Value-Flow-Based Demand-Driven Pointer Analysis for C and C++

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 2018
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IEEE We present SUPA, a value-flow-based demand-driven flow- and context-sensitive pointer analysis with strong updates for C and C++ programs. SUPA enables computing points-to information via value-flow refinement, in environments with small time and memory budgets. We formulate SUPA by solving a graph-reachability problem on an inter-procedural value-flow graph representing a program's def-use chains, which are pre-computed efficiently but over-approximately. To answer a client query (a request for a variable's points-to set), SUPA reasons about the flow of values along the pre-computed def-use chains sparsely (rather than across all program points), by performing only the work necessary for the query (rather than analyzing the whole program). In particular, strong updates are performed to filter out spurious def-use chains through value-flow refinement as long as the total budget is not exhausted.
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