Infection Size as a Measure of Bug Severity

Workshop Paper: WODA'15, October, 2015

A simple bug in a program can influence a large part of the program execution by spreading throughout the state at runtime. This is known as program infection. The seriousness of bugs is usually measured by studying their external effects. However, such effects essentially derive from internal factors of a program. Our idea is to focus on internal factors, in particular the infection chain, to measure how serious a bug was. This allows reasoning about bugs from a new and potentially insightful perspective.

@inproceedings{Azadmanesh15c, author = {Azadmanesh, Mohammad R. and Hauswirth, Matthias}, title = {Infection Size As a Measure of Bug Severity}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the 13th International Workshop on Dynamic Analysis}, series = {WODA 2015}, year = {2015}, isbn = {978-1-4503-3909-4}, location = {Pittsburgh, PA, USA}, pages = {31--32}, numpages = {2}, url = {}, doi = {10.1145/2823363.2823370}, acmid = {2823370}, publisher = {ACM}, address = {New York, NY, USA}, keywords = {Bug severity, infection size, program trace, slicing}, }