Towards understanding bugs in open source router software

Zuoning Yin, Matthew Caesar, Yuanyuan Zhou

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Software errors and vulnerabilities in core Internet routers have led to several high-profile attacks on the Internet infrastructure and numerous outages. Building an understanding of bugs in open-source router software is a first step towards addressing these problems. In this paper, we study router bugs found in two widely-used open-source router implementations. We evaluate the root cause of bugs, ease of diagnosis and detectability, ease of prevention and avoidance, and their effect on network behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-40
Number of pages7
JournalComputer Communication Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 22 2010


  • Internet routing
  • Protocols
  • Router software
  • Software errors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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