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  • Kostantinos Stroggylos, Dimitris Mitropoulos, Zacharias Tzermias, Panagiotis Papadopoulos, Fotios Rafailidis, Diomidis Spinellis, Sotiris Ioannidis, and Panagiotis Katsaros. Securing legacy code with the TRACER platform. In Proceedings of the 18th Panhellenic Conference on Informatics, PCI '14, pages 26:1–26:6, New York, NY, USA, 2014. ACM. (doi:10.1145/2645791.2645796)

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Securing Legacy Code with the TRACER Platform

Kostantinos Stroggylos
Dimitris Mitropoulos
Zacharias Tzermias
Panagiotis Papadopoulos
Fotios Rafailidis
Diomidis Spinellis
Sotiris Ioannidis
Panagiotis Katsaros


Software vulnerabilities can severely affect an organization's infrastructure and cause significant financial damage to it. A number of tools and techniques are available for performing vulnerability detection in software written in various programming platforms, in a pursuit to mitigate such defects. However, since the requirements for running such tools and the formats in which they store and present their results vary wildly, it is difficult to utilize many of them in the scope of a project. By simplifying the process of running a variety of vulnerability detectors and collecting their results in an efficient, automated manner during development, the task of tracking security defects throughout the evolution history of software projects is bolstered. In this paper we present tracer, a software framework and platform to support the development of more secure applications by constantly monitoring software projects for vulnerabilities. The platform allows the easy integration of existing tools that statically detect software vulnerabilities and promotes their use during software development and maintenance. To demonstrate the efficiency and usability of the platform, we integrated two popular static analysis tools, FindBugs and Frama-c as sample implementations, and report on preliminary results from their use.