TitleOn the Role of Formal Methods in Software Certification: An Experience Report
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsHeitmeyer, C. L.
JournalElectronic 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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