Requirements for effective fuzzing

Monday, 2 July 2007, 12:36 AM EST

Fuzzing has evolved into one of today's most effective approaches to test software security. To "fuzz," you attach a program's inputs to a source of random data, then systematically identify the failures that arise.

An obvious requirement for a fuzzing tool is the capability to reproduce the results from both individual tests and test sequences. This is crucial for communicating test results to other persons or groups. As a fuzz tester, you should be able to provide your fuzzing tool with a list of malicious test case numbers knowing that the observed target's behavior will be exactly the same between test runs.

At Dr. Dobb's.

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