History[ edit ] Testing programs with random inputs dates back to the s when data was still stored on punched cards. If an execution revealed undesired behavior, a bug had been detected. The execution of random inputs is also called random testing or monkey testing. In , Duran and Ntafos formally investigated the effectiveness of testing a program with random inputs. In the case of testing, the monkey would write the particular sequence of inputs that will trigger a crash.
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History[ edit ] Testing programs with random inputs dates back to the s when data was still stored on punched cards. If an execution revealed undesired behavior, a bug had been detected. The execution of random inputs is also called random testing or monkey testing.
In , Duran and Ntafos formally investigated the effectiveness of testing a program with random inputs. In the case of testing, the monkey would write the particular sequence of inputs that will trigger a crash. The term "fuzzing" originates from a class project, taught by Barton Miller at the University of Wisconsin.
The project was designed to test the reliability of Unix programs by executing a large number of random inputs in quick succession until they crashed. It also provided early debugging tools to determine the cause and category of each detected failure.
To allow other researchers to conduct similar experiments with other software, the source code of the tools, the test procedures, and the raw result data were made publicly available.
In , the crashme tool was released, which was intended to test the robustness of Unix and Unix-like operating systems by executing random machine instructions.
In September , Shellshock  was disclosed as a family of security bugs in the widely used Unix Bash shell ; most vulnerabilities of Shellshock were found using the fuzzer AFL. This can allow an attacker to gain unauthorized access to a computer system. It is a serious vulnerability that allows adversaries to decipher otherwise encrypted communication.
The vulnerability was accidentally introduced into OpenSSL which implements TLS and is used by the majority of the servers on the internet. Shodan reported , machines still vulnerable in April ;  , in January Fuzzing was used as an effective offense strategy to discover flaws in the software of the opponents. It showed tremendous potential in the automation of vulnerability detection.
In September , Microsoft announced Project Springfield, a cloud-based fuzz testing service for finding security critical bugs in software. Types of fuzzers[ edit ] A fuzzer can be categorized as follows:   A fuzzer can be generation-based or mutation-based depending on whether inputs are generated from scratch or by modifying existing inputs, A fuzzer can be dumb or smart depending on whether it is aware of input structure, and A fuzzer can be white-, grey-, or black-box, depending on whether it is aware of program structure.
Reuse of existing input seeds[ edit ] A mutation-based fuzzer leverages an existing corpus of seed inputs during fuzzing. It generates inputs by modifying or rather mutating the provided seeds. The corpus of seed files may contain thousands of potentially similar inputs. Automated seed selection or test suite reduction allows users to pick the best seeds in order to maximize the total number of bugs found during a fuzz campaign. For instance, a smart generation-based fuzzer  takes the input model that was provided by the user to generate new inputs.
Unlike mutation-based fuzzers, a generation-based fuzzer does not depend on the existence or quality of a corpus of seed inputs. Some fuzzers have the capability to do both, to generate inputs from scratch and to generate inputs by mutation of existing seeds. This structure distinguishes valid input that is accepted and processed by the program from invalid input that is quickly rejected by the program.
What constitutes a valid input may be explicitly specified in an input model. Examples of input models are formal grammars , file formats , GUI -models, and network protocols.
Even items not normally considered as input can be fuzzed, such as the contents of databases , shared memory , environment variables or the precise interleaving of threads. An effective fuzzer generates semi-valid inputs that are "valid enough" so that they are not directly rejected from the parser and "invalid enough" so that they might stress corner cases and exercise interesting program behaviours. A smart model-based,  grammar-based,   or protocol-based  fuzzer leverages the input model to generate a greater proportion of valid inputs.
For instance, if the input can be modelled as an abstract syntax tree , then a smart mutation-based fuzzer  would employ random transformations to move complete subtrees from one node to another. If the input can be modelled by a formal grammar , a smart generation-based fuzzer  would instantiate the production rules to generate inputs that are valid with respect to the grammar. However, generally the input model must be explicitly provided, which is difficult to do when the model is proprietary, unknown, or very complex.
For instance, AFL is a dumb mutation-based fuzzer that modifies a seed file by flipping random bits , by substituting random bytes with "interesting" values, and by moving or deleting blocks of data. However, a dumb fuzzer might generate a lower proportion of valid inputs and stress the parser code rather than the main components of a program. The disadvantage of dumb fuzzers can be illustrated by means of the construction of a valid checksum for a cyclic redundancy check CRC.
A CRC is an error-detecting code that ensures that the integrity of the data contained in the input file is preserved during transmission. A checksum is computed over the input data and recorded in the file.
When the program processes the received file and the recorded checksum does not match the re-computed checksum, then the file is rejected as invalid. Now, a fuzzer that is unaware of the CRC is unlikely to generate the correct checksum.
However, there are attempts to identify and re-compute a potential checksum in the mutated input, once a dumb mutation-based fuzzer has modified the protected data. The rationale is, if a fuzzer does not exercise certain structural elements in the program, then it is also not able to reveal bugs that are hiding in these elements. Some program elements are considered more critical than others.
For instance, a division operator might cause a division by zero error, or a system call may crash the program. A black-box fuzzer   treats the program as a black box and is unaware of internal program structure.
For instance, a random testing tool that generates inputs at random is considered a blackbox fuzzer. Hence, a blackbox fuzzer can execute several hundred inputs per second, can be easily parallelized, and can scale to programs of arbitrary size.
However, blackbox fuzzers may only scratch the surface and expose "shallow" bugs. For instance, LearnLib employs active learning to generate an automaton that represents the behavior of a web application. A white-box fuzzer   leverages program analysis to systematically increase code coverage or to reach certain critical program locations.
For instance, SAGE  leverages symbolic execution to systematically explore different paths in the program. A whitebox fuzzer can be very effective at exposing bugs that hide deep in the program. However, the time used for analysis of the program or its specification can become prohibitive. If the whitebox fuzzer takes relatively too long to generate an input, a blackbox fuzzer will be more efficient. For instance, AFL and libFuzzer utilize lightweight instrumentation to trace basic block transitions exercised by an input.
This leads to a reasonable performance overhead but informs the fuzzer about the increase in code coverage during fuzzing, which makes gray-box fuzzers extremely efficient vulnerability detection tools. Running a fuzzing campaign for several weeks without finding a bug does not prove the program correct. If the objective is to prove a program correct for all inputs, a formal specification must exist and techniques from formal methods must be used.
Exposing bugs[ edit ] In order to expose bugs, a fuzzer must be able to distinguish expected normal from unexpected buggy program behavior. However, a machine cannot always distinguish a bug from a feature. In automated software testing , this is also called the test oracle problem.
Crashes can be easily identified and might indicate potential vulnerabilities e. However, the absence of a crash does not indicate the absence of a vulnerability. For instance, a program written in C may or may not crash when an input causes a buffer overflow.
To make a fuzzer more sensitive to failures other than crashes, sanitizers can be used to inject assertions that crash the program when a failure is detected.
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