µFUZZ: Redesign of Parallel Fuzzing using Microservice Architecture

Yongheng Chen, Rui Zhong, Yupeng Yang, Hong Hu, Dinghao Wu, Wenke Lee

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Fuzzing has been widely adopted as an effective testing technique for detecting software bugs. Researchers have explored many parallel fuzzing approaches to speed up bug detection. However, existing approaches are built on top of serial fuzzers and rely on periodic fuzzing state synchronization. Such a design has two limitations. First, the synchronous serial design of the fuzzer might waste CPU power due to blocking I/O operations. Second, state synchronization is either too late so that we fuzz with a suboptimal strategy or too frequent so that it causes enormous overhead. In this paper, we redesign parallel fuzzing with microservice architecture and propose the prototype µFUZZ. To better utilize CPU power in the existence of I/O, µFUZZ breaks down the synchronous fuzzing loops into concurrent microservices, each with multiple workers. To avoid state synchronization, µFUZZ partitions the state into different services and their workers so that they can work independently but still achieve a great aggregated result. Our experiments show that µFUZZ outperforms the second-best existing fuzzers with 24% improvements in code coverage and 33% improvements in bug detection on average in 24 hours. Besides, µFUZZ finds 11 new bugs in well-tested real-world programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication32nd USENIX Security Symposium, USENIX Security 2023
PublisherUSENIX Association
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781713879497
StatePublished - 2023
Event32nd USENIX Security Symposium, USENIX Security 2023 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: Aug 9 2023Aug 11 2023

Publication series

Name32nd USENIX Security Symposium, USENIX Security 2023


Conference32nd USENIX Security Symposium, USENIX Security 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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