An overview of the Leon verification system: verification by translation to recursive functions

We present the Leon verification system for a subset of the Scala programming language. Along with several functional features of Scala, Leon supports imperative constructs such as mutations and loops, using a translation into recursive functional form. Both properties and programs in Leon are expressed in terms of user-defined functions. We discuss several techniques that led to an efficient semi-decision procedure for first-order constraints with recursive functions, which is the core solving engine of Leon. We describe a generational unrolling strategy for recursive templates that yields smaller satisfiable formulas and ensures completeness for counterexamples. We illustrate the current capabilities of Leon on a set of examples, such as data structure implementations; we show that Leon successfully finds bugs or proves completeness of pattern matching as well as validity of function postconditions.

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SCALA 2013, Montpellier, France, 2013

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