Monotonic Abstraction for Programs with Multiply-Linked Structures

  • Parosh Aziz Abdulla
  • Jonathan Cederberg
  • Tomáš Vojnar
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6945)


We investigate the use of monotonic abstraction and backward reachability analysis as means of performing shape analysis on programs with multiply pointed structures. By encoding the heap as a vertex- and edge-labeled graph, we can model the low level behaviour exhibited by programs written in the C programming language. Using the notion of signatures, which are predicates that define sets of heaps, we can check properties such as absence of null pointer dereference and shape invariants. We report on the results from running a prototype based on the method on several programs such as insertion into and merging of doubly-linked lists.


Transition System Null Pointer Outgoing Edge Program Counter Reachability Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Parosh Aziz Abdulla
    • 1
  • Jonathan Cederberg
    • 1
  • Tomáš Vojnar
    • 2
  1. 1.Uppsala UniversitySweden
  2. 2.FITBrno University of TechnologyCzech Republic

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