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Author Caballero, Juan ♦ Lin, Zhiqiang
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2016
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Type inference ♦ Binary code analysis ♦ Program executables
Abstract In many applications, source code and debugging symbols of a target program are not available, and the only thing that we can access is the program executable. A fundamental challenge with executables is that, during compilation, critical information such as variables and types is lost. Given that typed variables provide fundamental semantics of a program, for the last 16 years, a large amount of research has been carried out on binary code type inference, a challenging task that aims to infer typed variables from executables (also referred to as binary code). In this article, we systematize the area of binary code type inference according to its most important dimensions: the applications that motivate its importance, the approaches used, the types that those approaches infer, the implementation of those approaches, and how the inference results are evaluated. We also discuss limitations, underdeveloped problems and open challenges, and propose further applications.
ISSN 03600300
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2016-05-02
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 15577341
Journal ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR)
Volume Number 48
Issue Number 4
Page Count 35
Starting Page 1
Ending Page 35


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Source: ACM Digital Library