Selected Publications

Grey-box fuzzing is a practically effective approach to test realworld programs. However, most existing grey-box fuzzers lack directedness, i.e. the capability of executing towards user-specified target sites in the program. To emphasize existing challenges in directed fuzzing, we propose Hawkeye to feature four desired properties of directed grey-box fuzzers. Owing to a novel static analysis on the program under test and the target sites, Hawkeye precisely collects the information such as the call graph, function and basic block level distances to the targets. During fuzzing, Hawkeye evaluates exercised seeds based on both static information and the execution traces to generate the dynamic metrics, which are then used for seed prioritization, power scheduling and adaptive mutating. These strategies help Hawkeye to achieve better directedness and gravitate towards the target sites. We implemented Hawkeye as a fuzzing framework and evaluated it on various real-world programs under different scenarios. The experimental results showed that Hawkeye can reach the target sites and reproduce the crashes much faster than state-of-the-art grey-box fuzzers such as AFL and AFLGo. Specially, Hawkeye can reduce the time to exposure for certain vulnerabilities from about 3.5 hours to 0.5 hour. By now, Hawkeye has detected more than 41 previously unknown crashes in projects such as Oniguruma, MJS with the target sites provided by vulnerability prediction tools; all these crashes are confirmed and 15 of them have been assigned CVE IDs.
CCS ‘18, 2018

We introduce a novel type system for enforcing secure information flow in an imperative language. Our work is motivated by the problem of statically checking potential information leakage in Android applications. To this end, we design a lightweight type system featuring Android permission model, where the permissions are statically assigned to applications and are used to enforce access control in the applications. We take inspiration from a type system by Banerjee and Naumann to allow security types to be dependent on the permissions of the applications. A novel feature of our type system is a typing rule for conditional branching induced by permission testing, which introduces a merging operator on security types, allowing more precise security policies to be enforced. The soundness of our type system is proved with respect to non-interference. In addition, a type inference algorithm is presented for the underlying security type system, by reducing the inference problem to a constraint solving problem in the lattice of security types.
CSF ‘18, 2018

Recent Publications

. FOT: A Versatile, Configurable, Extensible Fuzzing Framework. ESEC/FSE ‘18, 2018.

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. Hawkeye: Towards a Desired Directed Grey-box Fuzzer. CCS ‘18, 2018.

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. Auditing Anti-Malware Tools by Evolving Android Malware and Dynamic Loading Technique. TIFS, 2017.

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. S-looper: automatic summarization for multipath string loops. ISSTA ‘15, 2015.

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During my research, I have detected several (security) bugs and a few performance bugs with our fuzzing framework FOT and also AFL. Among these, a few of the PoCs are listed here.