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SubjectRe: [RFD] Efficient unit test and fuzz tools for kernel/libc porting
Hi, Dmitry

On 2016/7/6 17:09, Dmitry Vyukov wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM, Zhangjian (Bamvor)
> <> wrote:
>> Hi, Dmitry
>>> Hi Bamvor,
>>> Nice work!
>>> Coverage should be easy to do with CONFIG_KCOV, but do you need
>>> fuzzing/coverage? It seems that testing a predefined set of special
>>> values for each arg should be enough for your use case. Namely special
>>> values that can detect endianess/truncation/sign extension/etc issues.
>> Yes. We are trying to cover endianess/truncation/sign extension at this
>> moment.
>> For coverage, there are some code path in syscall wrapper in both glibc
>> and kernel. E.g. overflow check in glibc. I am thinking if coverage
>> could help on this.
> Ah, you mean user-space coverage. You may try AFL in binary
> instrumentation mode for this.
Good idea. AFL seems a wonderful tools. I saw some discussion about use AFL
to do kernel fuzz(triforce). If AFL support arm64, I could try it my
aarch64 ILP32 works.


>>> I think there is also a number of glibc functions that don't directly
>>> map to syscalls. Most notably wrappers around various ioctl's (e.g.
>>> ptsname). Do you test them?
>> No. Currently, our tools only focus on the syscall function in glibc. In
>> these syscall level, we could compare the parameter and return value
>> directly. As you said, there are only several type of issues. It is easy
>> to handle by tools.
>> I do not know how to test these complex cases. E.g. the ptsname may call
>> ioctl, *stat* syscall. Compare the original parameter is meaningless. But
>> it seems a good type of testcase to show how the user use the syscalls.
>> Do you have some ideas?
> I don't have any ideas for automated testing. One could write a model,
> of course....
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