Running Symbolic Execution Forever


When symbolic execution is used to analyse real-world applications, it often consumes all available memory in a relatively short amount of time, sometimes making it impossible to analyse an application for an extended period. MoKlee can record an ongoing symbolic execution analysis to disk and selectively restore paths of interest later, making it possible to run symbolic execution indefinitely.

To be successful, our approach addresses several essential research challenges related to detecting divergences on re-execution, storing long-running executions efficiently, changing search heuristics during re-execution, and providing a global view of the stored execution. Our extensive evaluation of 93 Linux applications shows that our approach is practical, enabling these applications to run for days while continuing to explore new execution paths.