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    g4re: Harnessing GCC to Reverse Engineer C++ Applications

    Kraft, Nicholas A. and Malloy, Brian A. and Power, James F. (2005) g4re: Harnessing GCC to Reverse Engineer C++ Applications. In: Dagstuhl Seminar # 05161, Transformation Techniques in Software Engineering, 17-22 April 2005, Schloss Dagstuhl.

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    In this paper, we describe g4re, our tool chain that exploits GENERIC, an intermediate format incorporated into the gcc C++ compiler, to facilitate analysis of real C++ applications. The gcc GENERIC representation is available through a file generated for each translation unit (tu), and g4re reads each tu file and constructs a corresponding Abstract Semantic Graph (ASG). Since tu files can be prohibitively large, ranging from 10 megabytes for a “hello world” program, to 18 gigabytes for a version of Mozilla Thunderbird, we describe our approach for reducing the size of the generated ASG.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Keywords: g4re; tool chain; Reverse engineering; schema; GXL;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 6412
    Depositing User: Dr. James Power
    Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2015 15:58
    Refereed: No
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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