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Mining Android Crash Fixes in the Absence of Issue- and Change-Tracking Systems
Kong, Pingfan; li, li; Gao, Jun et al.
2019The 28th International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis
 

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Keywords :
Android; crash; testing; debugging; mining software repository
Abstract :
[en] Android apps are prone to crash. This often arises from the misuse of Android framework APIs, making it harder to debug since official Android documentation does not discuss thoroughly potential exceptions.Recently, the program repair community has also started to investigate the possibility to fix crashes automatically. Current results, however, apply to limited example cases. In both scenarios of repair, the main issue is the need for more example data to drive the fix processes due to the high cost in time and effort needed to collect and identify fix examples. We propose in this work a scalable approach, CraftDroid, to mine crash fixes by leveraging a set of 28 thousand carefully reconstructed app lineages from app markets, without the need for the app source code or issue reports. We developed a replicative testing approach that locates fixes among app versions which output different runtime logs with the exact same test inputs. Overall, we have mined 104 relevant crash fixes, further abstracted 17 fine-grained fix templates that are demonstrated to be effective for patching crashed apks. Finally, we release ReCBench, a benchmark consisting of 200 crashed apks and the crash replication scripts, which the community can explore for evaluating generated crash-inducing bug patches.
Research center :
Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) > Security Design and Validation Research Group (SerVal)
Disciplines :
Computer science
Author, co-author :
Kong, Pingfan ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT)
li, li;  Monash University
Gao, Jun;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust
Bissyande, Tegawendé François D Assise  ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT)
Klein, Jacques ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC)
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
Mining Android Crash Fixes in the Absence of Issue- and Change-Tracking Systems
Publication date :
15 July 2019
Event name :
The 28th International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis
Event organizer :
ACM
Event place :
Beijing, China
Event date :
from 15-07-2019 to 19-07-2019
Audience :
International
References of the abstract :
@inproceedings{kong2019mining, title={Mining Android crash fixes in the absence of issue-and change-tracking systems}, author={Kong, Pingfan and Li, Li and Gao, Jun and Bissyand{\'e}, Tegawend{\'e} F and Klein, Jacques}, booktitle={Proceedings of the 28th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis}, pages={78--89}, year={2019} }
Focus Area :
Security, Reliability and Trust
FnR Project :
FNR11693861 - Characterization Of Malicious Code In Mobile Apps: Towards Accurate And Explainable Malware Detection, 2017 (01/06/2018-31/12/2021) - Jacques Klein
Funders :
FNR - Fonds National de la Recherche [LU]
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