Deconstructing Dynamic Symbolic Execution
Proceedings of the Sixth Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence, Boston, MA
Dynamic symbolic execution (DSE) is a well-known technique for automatically generating tests to achieve higher levels of coverage in a program. Two keys ideas of DSE are to: (1) seed symbolic execution by executing a program on an initial input; (2) using concrete values from the program execution in place of symbolic expressions whenever symbolic reasoning is hard or not desired. We describe DSE for a simple core language and then present a minimalist implementation of DSE for Python (in Python) that follows this basic recipe. The code is available at https://www.github.com/thomasjball/PyExZ3/ (tagged v1.0) and has been designed to make it easy to experiment with and extend.