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HOL-TestGen/FW: An Environment for Specification-based Firewall Conformance Testing

by Achim D. Brucker, Lukas Brügger, and Burkhart Wolff

Cover for brucker.ea:hol-testgen-fw:2013.The HOL-TestGen environment is conceived as a system for modeling and semi-automated test generation with an emphasis on expressive power and generality. However, its underlying technical framework Isabelle/HOL supports the customization as well as the development of highly automated add-ons working in specific application domains.

In this paper, we present HOL-TestGen/fw, an add-on for the test framework HOL-TestGen, that allows for testing the conformance of firewall implementations to high-level security policies. Based on generic theories specifying a security-policy language, we developed specific theories for network data and firewall policies. On top of these firewall specific theories, we provide mechanisms for policy transformations based on derived rules and adapted code-generators producing test drivers. Our empirical evaluations shows that HOL-TestGen/fw is a competitive environment for testing firewalls or high-level policies of local networks.

Keywords: symbolic test case generations, black box testing, theorem proving, network security, firewall testing, conformance testing
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Achim D. Brucker, Lukas Brügger, and Burkhart Wolff. HOL-TestGen/FW: An Environment for Specification-based Firewall Conformance Testing. In International Colloquium on Theoretical Aspects of Computing (ICTAC). Lecture Notes in Computer Science (8049), pages 112-121, Springer-Verlag, 2013.
Keywords: symbolic test case generations, black box testing, theorem proving, network security, firewall testing, conformance testing
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@InCollection{ brucker.ea:hol-testgen-fw:2013,
abstract = {The HOL-TestGen environment is conceived as a system for modeling and semi-automated test generation with an emphasis on expressive power and generality. However, its underlying technical framework Isabelle/HOL supports the customization as well as the development of highly automated add-ons working in specific application domains.\\\\In this paper, we present HOL-TestGen/fw, an add-on for the test framework HOL-TestGen, that allows for testing the conformance of firewall implementations to high-level security policies. Based on generic theories specifying a security-policy language, we developed specific theories for network data and firewall policies. On top of these firewall specific theories, we provide mechanisms for policy transformations based on derived rules and adapted code-generators producing test drivers. Our empirical evaluations shows that HOL-TestGen/fw is a competitive environment for testing firewalls or high-level policies of local networks.},
address = {Heidelberg},
author = {Achim D. Brucker and Lukas Br{\"u}gger and Burkhart Wolff},
booktitle = {International Colloquium on Theoretical Aspects of Computing (ICTAC)},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-39718-9_7},
editor = {Zhiming Liu and Jim Woodcock and Huibiao Zhu},
isbn = {978-3-642-39717-2},
keywords = {symbolic test case generations, black box testing, theorem proving, network security, firewall testing, conformance testing},
language = {USenglish},
location = {Shanghai},
number = {8049},
pages = {112--121},
pdf = {https://www.brucker.ch/bibliography/download/2013/brucker.ea-hol-testgen-fw-2013.pdf},
publisher = {Springer-Verlag},
series = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
title = {HOL-TestGen/FW: An Environment for Specification-based Firewall Conformance Testing},
url = {https://www.brucker.ch/bibliography/abstract/brucker.ea-hol-testgen-fw-2013},
year = {2013},
}