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Implement a snapshot fuzzing device

Summary: Add a new emulated device for rapid guest-initiated snapshot/restore functionality for fuzzing.

Fuzz testing runs a program with random inputs to find bugs that lead to crashes or other program failures. Fuzz testing is a popular technique for finding security bugs.

Many recent fuzzing projects rely on snapshot/restore functionality [1,2,3,4,5]. For example tests/fuzzers that target large targets, such as OS kernels and browsers benefit from full-VM snapshots, where solutions such as manual state-cleanup and fork-servers are insufficient. Many of the existing solutions are based on QEMU, however there is currently no upstream-solution. Furthermore, hypervisors, such as Xen have already incorporated support for snapshot-fuzzing. In this project, you will implement a virtual-device for snapshot fuzzing, following a spec agreed-upon by the community. The device will implement standard fuzzing APIs that allow fuzzing using engines, such as libFuzzer and AFL++. The simple APIs exposed by the device will allow fuzzer developers to build custom harnesses in the VM to request snapshots, memory/device/register restores, request new inputs, and report coverage.

Project goals include:

  • Adding a new emulated device for snapshot fuzzing into QEMU.
  • Writing documentation and final editing of the hardware interface specification so fuzzer developers can learn how to take advantage of the device from inside a guest.

Links:

  1. https://arxiv.org/pdf/2111.03013.pdf
  2. https://blog.mozilla.org/attack-and-defense/2021/01/27/effectively-fuzzing-the-ipc-layer-in-firefox/
  3. https://www.usenix.org/system/files/sec20-song.pdf
  4. https://github.com/intel/kernel-fuzzer-for-xen-project
  5. https://github.com/quarkslab/rewind

Details:

  • Project size: 350 hours
  • Difficulty: intermediate
  • Required skills: C programming
  • Desirable skills: previous experience with fuzzing and/or device driver development
  • Topic/Skill Areas: Fuzzing, OS/Systems/Drivers
  • Mentor: Alexander Bulekov <alxndr@bu.edu> (a1xndr on IRC)