How PVS-Studio does the bug search: methods and technologies

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PVS-Studio is a static code analyzer, that searches for errors and vulnerabilities in programs written in C, C++ and C#. In this article, I am going to uncover the technologies that we use in PVS-Studio analyzer. In addition to the general theoretical information, I will show practical examples of how certain technology allows the detection of bugs.

How PVS-Studio does the bug search: methods and technologies

by Andrey Karpov

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The definition of the pattern looks quite simple, but in practice the implementation of the diagnostic is quite complicated. It's not enough just to analyze only "#define RShift(a) a >> 3". If warnings are issued for all strings of this kind, there will be too many of them. We should have a look at the way the macro expands in every particular case, and try to define the situations where it was done intentionally, and when the brackets are really missing.

 

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