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README.md

FuzzTrace is a "general-purpose" tracing tool for closed-source applications, aimed at generating a concise execution trace that can be used to support the fuzz-testing activity or other analyses.

At the time of writing, we provide two tracing back-ends, based on Intel BTS and PIN respectively. In any case, the execution trace is serialized to a protobuf object, that can then be processed off-line. Available back-ends are briefly described in the next paragraphs, together with some usage examples.

On a Debian/Ubuntu system, use the following commands to install the required dependencies (these are common to all the back-ends available):

roby@gimli:~$ sudo apt-get install protobuf-compiler python-protobuf libprotobuf-dev

Back-ends

BTS-based execution tracers

The BTS back-end is an efficient tracer that leverages Intel "Branch Trace Store" (BTS) technology. The source code for this back-end is located under tracer/bts. To compile this back-end module enter directory tracer/bin and run make.

Hopefully, everything will go fine. You should now be able to trace your target application using the bts_trace binary:

roby@gimli:~/projects/fuzztrace/tracer/bts$ ./bts_trace -f /dev/shm/trace.bin -- /bin/ls -la >/dev/null
[*] Got 108684 events (4967 CFG edges)
[*] Serializing to /dev/shm/trace.bin

PIN-based execution tracers

The PIN back-end is a PIN extension to monitor the execution of a binary application and record its "execution trace". FuzzTrace/PIN lives in directory fuzztrace/tracer/pin. To compile the PIN module, set the PIN_ROOT environment variable and launch make from the tracer/pin directory, e.g.:

roby@gimli:~/apps/pin$ export PIN_ROOT=$(pwd)
roby@gimli:~/apps/pin$ cd ~/projects/fuzztrace/tracer/pin
roby@gimli:~/projects/fuzztrace/tracer/pin$ make

You should be able to trace your target program using the pintrace PIN tool:

roby@gimli:~/projects/fuzztrace/tracer/pin$ ${PIN_ROOT}/pin.sh -t obj-intel64/pintrace.so -f /dev/shm/trace.bin -- /bin/ls

Trace viewer

The viewer directory provides a basic trace viewer, which parses a saved execution traces and displays recorded branches.

Before using the viewer, compile the bbtrace.proto file:

roby@gimli:~/projects/fuzztrace/viewer$ protoc --python_out=. bbtrace.proto

After that, usage is quite straightforward:

roby@gimli:~/projects/fuzztrace/viewer$ python trace.py /dev/shm/trace.bin
#### Trace '/dev/shm/trace.bin' ####
[/dev/shm/trace.bin] cmd: test, data: 0 bytes, time: 2015-01-29 22:47:52, hash: 3c31f, edges(s): 708, exception(s): 0

 - CFG edges
 [00402168 -> 00402178] 1 hit
 [00402178 -> 0040217d] 1 hit
 [0040217d -> 00412513] 1 hit
 [00402190 -> 004124e0] 1 hit
 ...
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