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Correlated Calls Analysis

The goal of this project is to make data flow analysis of Java programs more precise by eliminating infeasible paths through correlated calls. Two method calls are considered correlated if they are invoked on the same receiver object.

The analysis relies on the Inter-procedural Distributive Environment (IDE) data-flow analysis algorithm described in [1].

[1] Sagiv, Mooly, Thomas Reps, and Susan Horwitz. Precise interprocedural dataflow analysis with applications to constant propagation. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1995.



The code of the analysis is written in Scala. Our analysis relies on WALA, a library for static analysis on Java bytecode written in Java. To facilitate the usage of WALA in Scala, we use the WALAFacade library. To be able to add our own modifications to WALAFacade, we included its source code in this project.

Thus, our analysis code is in the ca.uwaterloo.dataflow package, whereas the WALAFacade code, with some minor modifications, is in the edu.illinois.wala package.

Set Up

  1. Install the WALA library into your local Maven repository, as described in the first step of the WALAFacade installation instructions.

  2. Build the project with SBT:

  • Checkout the Correlated Calls project and navigate into its directory.
  • Install SBT on your machine.
  • Navigate into the checked out Correlated Calls project directory from the command line.
    • sbt gen-idea, if you'd like to use IntelliJ IDEA,
    • sbt eclipse, if you'd like to use Eclipse,
    • sbt, if you prefer using another IDE. From the SBT shell, you'll need to type compile to compile the project, and test to run the tests.


The analysis consumes input Java programs in the form of JAR files. The source code of the input programs is located in the src/test/scala/ca/uwaterloo/taint/inputPrograms directory. Additionally, each test program needs a configuration file in the src/test/resources directory.

To create or update a configuration and Jar file for a test, you will need to execute the configureTests or configureSingleTest script. The first script will configure all tests, and the latter script will configure one specified test.

  1. In both files configureTests and configureSingleTest, replace the value of the jrepath variable with the path to the rt.jar (or classes.jar on OS X) file. The rt.jar file contains Java's bootstrap classes and is usually located in Java's jre/lib directory. On a Mac, the path might look like /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_25.jdk/Contents/Home/jre/lib/rt.jar.
  2. To configure all tests, navigate to the src/test subdirectory of the project and run ./configureTests.
  3. To configure a single test, navigate to the src/test subdirectory of the project and run ./configureSingleTest <test name>. For example, to configure the test, run
./configureSingleTest FunctionCall


Improving precision of data-flow analysis in the presence of correlated method calls






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