Bolt: On-demand infinite loop escape in unmodified binaries

Michael Kling, Sasa Misailovic, Michael Carbin, Martin Rinard

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Abstract

We present Bolt, a novel system for escaping from infinite and long-running loops. Directed by a user, Bolt can attach to a running process and determine if the program is executing an infinite loop. If so, Bolt can deploy multiple strategies to escape the loop, restore the responsiveness of the program, and enable the program to deliver useful output. Bolt operates on stripped x86 and x64 binaries, dynamically attaches and detaches to and from the program as needed, and dynamically detects loops and creates program state checkpoints to enable exploration of different escape strategies. Bolt can detect and escape from loops in off-theshelf software, without available source code, and with no overhead in standard production use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSPLASH 2012
Subtitle of host publicationOOPSLA'12 - Proceedings of the 2012 ACM International Conference on Object Oriented Programming SystemsLanguages and Applications
Pages431-450
Number of pages20
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications, OOPSLA 2012 - Tucson, AZ, United States
Duration: Oct 19 2012Oct 26 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications, OOPSLA

Other

Other2012 ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications, OOPSLA 2012
CountryUnited States
CityTucson, AZ
Period10/19/1210/26/12

Keywords

  • Bolt
  • Error Recovery
  • Infinite Loop
  • Unresponsive Program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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