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Technical Perspective: BLeak: Semantics-Aware Leak Detection in the Web

What is the right leak oracle that can precisely capture the behavior of leaks in Web applications? "BLeak: Automatically Debugging Memory Leaks in Web Applications...

BLeak
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BLeak: Automatically Debugging Memory Leaks in Web Applications

This paper introduces BLeak (Browser Leak debugger), the first system for automatically debugging memory leaks in web applications.

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Technical Perspective: Analyzing Smart Contracts with MadMax

"MadMax: Analyzing the Out-of-Gas World of Smart Contracts," by Neville Grech et al., effectively discovers a new smart contract vulnerability, and proposes a detection...

MadMax
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MadMax: Analyzing the Out-of-Gas World of Smart Contracts

We identify gas-focused vulnerabilities and present MadMax: a static program analysis technique that automatically detects gas-focused vulnerabilities with very...

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Technical Perspective: ASIC Clouds: Specializing the Datacenter

Can we build purpose-built, warehouse-scale datacenters customized for large-scale arrays of ASIC accelerators or, to use a term coined in the paper by Michael...

ASIC Clouds
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ASIC Clouds: Specializing the Datacenter for Planet-Scale Applications

This paper distills lessons from Bitcoin ASIC Clouds and applies them to other large scale workloads, showing superior TCO (total cost of ownership) versus CPU...

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Technical Perspective: A Perspective on Pivot Tracing

Instead of handing trace records off to a collector for long-term storage and future processing, the system described in "Pivot Tracing: Dynamic Causal Monitoring...

Pivot Tracing
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Pivot Tracing: Dynamic Causal Monitoring for Distributed Systems

This paper presents Pivot Tracing, a monitoring framework for distributed systems, which addresses the limitations of today's monitoring and diagnosis tools by...

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Technical Perspective: Is There a Geek Gene?

"Evidence that Computer Science Grades Are Not Bimodal" uses empirical methods to determine if belief in innate differences may explain why CS teachers see a bimodality...

Evidence That Computer Science Grades Are Not Bimodal
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Evidence That Computer Science Grades Are Not Bimodal

There is a common belief that grades in computer science courses are bimodal. We devised a psychology experiment to understand why CS educators hold this belief...

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Technical Perspective: A Whitebox Solution for Blackbox-Like Behaviors

DeepXplore brings a software testing perspective to deep neural networks and, in doing so, creates the opportunity for enormous amounts of follow-on work in several...

DeepXplore
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DeepXplore: Automated Whitebox Testing of Deep Learning Systems

We design, implement, and evaluate DeepXplore, the first white-box framework for systematically testing real-world deep learning systems.

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Technical Perspective: The Scalability of CertiKOS

The authors of "Building Certified Concurrent OS Kernels" illustrate that formal verification can scale up to a moderate-size program (6,500 lines of C) that has...

Building Certified Concurrent OS Kernels
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Building Certified Concurrent OS Kernels

In this work, we present CertiKOS, a novel compositional framework for building verified concurrent OS kernels.

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Technical Perspective: Do You Know Why Your Web Pages Load Faster?

"Taking a Long Look at QUIC," by Arash Molavi Kakhki et al., is a bold attempt to unearth the reasons why QUIC works better than TCP.

Taking a Long Look at QUIC
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Taking a Long Look at QUIC: An Approach for Rigorous Evaluation of Rapidly Evolving Transport Protocols

There is a need for alternative techniques for understanding and evaluating QUIC when compared with previous transport-layer protocols.

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Technical Perspective: Borrowing Big Code to Automate Programming Activities

"Predicting Program Properties from 'Big Code'" presents new techniques for leveraging big code to automate two programming activities: selecting understandable...

Predicting Program Properties from 'Big Code'
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Predicting Program Properties from 'Big Code'

We present a new approach for predicting program properties from large codebases (aka "Big Code").

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Technical Perspective: Attacking Cryptographic Key Exchange with Precomputation

"Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice," by David Adrian et al., illustrates the importance of taking preprocessing attacks into account...

Imperfect Forward Secrecy
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Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice

We investigate the security of Diffie-Hellman key exchange as used in popular Internet protocols and find it to be less secure than widely believed.
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