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Extraction of ABNF Rules from RFCs to Enable Automated Test Data Generation

  • Markus Gruber
  • Phillip Wieser
  • Stefan Nachtnebel
  • Christian Schanes
  • Thomas Grechenig
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 405)

Abstract

The complexity of IT systems and the criticality of robust IT systems is constantly increasing. Testing a system requires consideration of different protocols and interfaces, which makes testing hard and expensive. Test automation is required to improve the quality of systems without cost explosion. Many standards like HTML and FTP are semi–formally defined in RFCs, which makes a generic algorithm for test data generation based on RFC relevant. The proposed approach makes it possible to automatically generate test data for protocols defined as ABNF in RFCs for robustness tests. The introduced approach was shown in practice by generating SIP messages based on the RFC specification of SIP. This approach shows the possibility to generate data for any RFC that uses ABNF, and provides a solid foundation for further empirical evaluation and extension for software testing purposes.

Keywords

Session Initiation Protocol System Under Test Internet Engineer Task Force Test Data Generation Session Initiation Protocol Message 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Gruber
    • 1
  • Phillip Wieser
    • 1
  • Stefan Nachtnebel
    • 1
  • Christian Schanes
    • 1
  • Thomas Grechenig
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Group for Industrial SoftwareVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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