Advice on "Comprehensive test suite"

Philippe Ombredanne pombredanne at
Fri Mar 6 14:15:38 UTC 2015

On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 1:30 AM, Kai Zhao <loverszhao at> wrote:
> Hello,
>   I am Kai Zhao, and I am a third-year graduate student in Beijing
> University of Posts and Telecommunications, China.

Hi kai:
Welcome to strace!

> I am eager to take the "Comprehensive test suite" project for I have related
> experience.
>   Skills:
>       C/C++          :  Strong (I have coded more than 100 thousand lines in
> two project)
>       Fuzz Testing:  My graduation project is about Fuzz Testing, and I have
> 2 year experience in Fuzz Testing, for my
>                               internships involves Fuzz Testing in industry
> security at Siemens from 2012 to 2014.
> Thank you for give me some advice on the project.

You seem to be experienced with fuzzing indeed.

I think there are two tracks that could be covered in this domain:
- fuzzing strace function calls at the unit level. Even though this
may be best covered by carefully hand crafted unit tests, a small dose
of fuzzing may help.
- fuzzing system calls and ensure that strace can keep up and trace
these alright (assuming the kernel would not crash..)
Looking at something like Dave Jones' trinity might help there.

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Philippe Ombredanne

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