A Lesson on Runtime Assertion Checking with Frama-C

  • Nikolai Kosmatov
  • Julien Signoles
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8174)


Runtime assertion checking provides a powerful, highly automatizable technique to detect violations of specified program properties. This paper provides a lesson on runtime assertion checking with Frama-C, a publicly available toolset for analysis of C programs. We illustrate how a C program can be specified in executable specification language e-acsl and how this specification can be automatically translated into instrumented C code suitable for monitoring and runtime verification of specified properties. We show how various errors can be automatically detected on the instrumented code, including C runtime errors, failures in postconditions, assertions, preconditions of called functions, and memory leaks. Benefits of combining runtime assertion checking with other Frama-C analyzers are illustrated as well.


runtime assertion checking program monitoring executable specification invalid pointers Frama-C e-acsl 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolai Kosmatov
    • 1
  • Julien Signoles
    • 1
  1. 1.Software Reliability LaboratoryCEA, LISTGif-sur-YvetteFrance

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