A Scalable Architecture for Proof-Carrying Code
- George C. Necula
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Proof-Carrying Code (PCC) is a general mechanism for verifying that a code fragment can be executed safely on a host system. The key technical detail that makes PCC simple yet very powerful is that the code fragment is required to be accompanied by a detailed and precise explanation of how it satisfies the safety policy. This leaves the code receiver with the simple task of verifying that the explanation is correct and that it matches the code in question.
Previous implementations of PCC used safety explanations in the form of explicit formal proofs of code safety, thus gaining leverage from a substantial amount of previous research in the area of proof representation and checking, but at the expense of poor scalability due to large proof sizes. In this paper we describe a series of changes that are necessary to achieve a truly scalable architecture for PCC. These include a new proof representation form along with a better integration of the various components of a PCC checker. We also present experimental results that show this architecture to be effective for checking the type safety of even very large programs expressed as machine code.
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- A Scalable Architecture for Proof-Carrying Code
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- Functional and Logic Programming
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- 5th International Symposium, FLOPS 2001 Tokyo, Japan, March 7–9, 2001 Proceedings
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- 4. Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik, WestfälischeWilhelms-Universität Münster
- 5. Department of Information and Computer Science, Waseda University
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- 6. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 94720, USA
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