|Title||On the Role of Formal Methods in Software Certification: An Experience Report|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Authors||Heitmeyer, C. L.|
|Journal||Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science|
This paper describes how formal methods were used to produce evidence in a certification, based on the Common Criteria, of a security-critical software system. The evidence included a top level specification (TLS) of the security-relevant software behavior, a formal statement of the required security properties, proofs that the specification satisfied the properties, and a demonstration that the source code, which had been annotated with preconditions and postconditions, was a refinement of the TLS. The paper also describes those aspects of our approach which were most effective and research that could significantly increase the effectiveness of formal methods in software certification.
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