University of Leicester –
Department of Computer Science
CO7206 - Fall 2003 - Lab 3: Program
Analysis Using Code Surfer
24 / Oct. / 2003
Objective: Learning to
use CodeSurfer for program analysis
Skills: In the last
times, students had exercises to manually comprehend some software artefacts. Manual
program analysis is possible only for toy examples. For real life systems,
program comprehension and reverse engineering must be aided with automated
tools. This time students will learn how to use a commercial program analysis
tool to get as much information as possible as fast as possible from a given C
First you will
need to set the environment variable LM_LICENSE_FILE to the value email@example.com in order for CodeSurfer to be able to check the license
server for a valid license. You can do so by choosing start – settings – control panel – system – advanced – environment variables – new and
then writing the variable name and value.
can start CodeSurfer by choosing start – programs – CodeSurfer – CodeSurfer.
Students will learn CodeSurfer on their own by reading the user guide which can
be invoked by pressing start – programs
– CodeSurfer – CodeSurfer Help and which is also available online from GrammaTech Inc.,
via the link under resources below. Two quick overview papers that explain what
CodeSurfer can do are also included in the resource list down. Note that in
order to work on a subject system, you will need to open a CodeSurfer project
and add the files of interest to it.
Assignment 2: This item of the
lab. is assignment number two. IT is due on Nov. 6 at noon.
CodeSurfer project for it and analyze it with it
Print in a
report the backward slice and the forward slice in the three cases (control,
data and control+data dependence) for
the statement “x1 = 1/epslon”
Chop of the program in the three cases (control, data and control+data
dependence) with variable x as the source and variables x1 and x2 as the target
results in a report with your name. – This is part one of the assignment
Part 2 is a
5 minutes presentation on some aspect of CodeSurfer that was not covered in the
class. You will not need slides for this, but on the Lab on 6 Nov., every
student will present to (after agreement with the lecturer on the subject of
the presentation) for 5 minutes how CodeSurfer does (for example) pointer analysis,
or cater for incomplete or missing dependence relations, etc. You will need to investigate this and decide
your topic and tell the lecturer.
possible target system for your training is Indent program that was used in
Lab. 2. I did not manage too get CodeSurfer to successfully build it but you
can try it on your own and see if changing some CodeSurfer settings can help.
This is part of the program analysis / reverse engineering task. It is not always
a straight forward task.
Technology Overview: Dependence Graphs and Program Slicing, GrammmaTech
Inspection Using CodeSurfer, GrammmaTech Inc..
q CodeSurfer User Guide and Technical Reference.