An integrated approach to high integrity software verification

Andrew Ireland, Bill J. Ellis, Andrew Cook, Roderick Chapman, Janet Barnes

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Using automated reasoning techniques, we tackle the niche activity of proving that a program is free from run-time exceptions. Such a property is particularly valuable in high integrity software, for example, safety- or security-critical applications. The context for our work is the SPARK Approach for the development of high integrity software. The SPARK Approach provides a significant degree of automation in proving exception freedom. Where this automation fails, however, the programmer is burdened with the task of interactively constructing a proof and possibly also having to supply auxiliary program annotations. We minimize this burden by increasing the automation, through an integration of proof planning and a program analysis oracle. We advocate a 'cooperative' integration, where proof-failure analysis directly constrains the search for auxiliary program annotations. The approach has been successfully tested on industrial data. © Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2007.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-410
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Automated Reasoning
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006


  • Program proof
  • Proof planning
  • Static analysis


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