Execution Constraint Verification of Exception Handling on UML Sequence Diagrams

Selim Ciraci, Hasan Sözer, Mehmet Aksit, Wilke Havinga

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    Exception handling alters the control flow of the program. As such, errors introduced in exception handling code may influence the overall program in undesired ways. To detect such errors early and thereby decrease the programming costs, it is worthwhile to consider exception handling at design level. Preferably, design models must be extended to incorporate exception handling behavior and the control flow must be verified accordingly. Common practices for verification require a formal model and semantics of the design. Defining semantics and manually converting design models to formal models are costly. We propose an approach for verifying exception handling in UML design models, where we extend UML with exception handling notations, define execution and exception handling semantics, and automatically transform UML models to a formal model. The formal model is used for generating execution paths. Constraints are specified (as temporal logic formulas) on execution paths and are verified.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFifth IEEE International Conference on Secure Software Integration and Reliability Improvement, SSIRI 2011
    Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4577-0780-3
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2011


    • Graph transformations
    • Exception handling
    • Object-oriented design
    • Fault tolerance
    • Design verification

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