Marc Brockschmidt, Thomas Stroeder, Carsten Otto, and Juergen Giesl
Recently, we developed an approach for automated termination proofs of Java Bytecode (JBC), which is based on constructing and analyzing termination graphs. These graphs represent all possible program executions in a finite way. In this paper, we show that this approach can also be used to detect non-termination or NullPointerExceptions.
Our approach automatically generates witnesses, i.e., calling the program with these witness arguments indeed leads to non-termination resp. to a NullPointerException. Thus, we never obtain “false positives”. We implemented our results in the termination prover AProVE and provide experimental evidence for the power of our approach.