Hu-Qiu Liu

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Device drivers usually invoke functions to allocate resources for managing hardware devices and communicating with the kernel, and these resources should be released by functions when the work is finished. Thus allocating functions and releasing functions must be invoked in pairs. However, many developers ignore this vital rule, and some allocated resources(More)
Kernel extension functions are provided as interfaces for drivers to manage devices and resources, and there are many implicit rules about their usages. One of the most important rules is that many functions should be called in pairs. That is to say, when an error occurs in a function, the driver should call related functions to handle it and release the(More)
Device drivers often suffer from much more bugs than the kernel, so testing device drivers becomes more and more important and necessary. In software testing, runtime tracing is an important technique to monitor real executing procedures of the program. Meanwhile, runtime information can also assist the programmer to make more accurate analysis of the(More)
Device drivers require system resources to control hardware and provide fundamental services for applications. The acquired resources must be explicitly released by drivers. Otherwise, these resources will never be reclaimed by the operating system, and they are not available for other programs any more, causing hard-to-find system problems. We study on(More)
Drivers use kernel extension functions to manage devices, and there are often many rules on how they should be used. Among the rules, utilization of paired functions, which means that the functions must be called in pairs between two different functions, is extremely complex and important. However, such pairing rules are not well documented, and these rules(More)
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