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Fuzzing: Brute Force Vulnerability Discovery by Pedram Amini, Adam Greene, Michael Sutton

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Chapter 6. Automation and Data Generation

 

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”

 
 --George W. Bush, Washington, DC, August 5, 2004

Fuzzing is all about automation. The key benefit of fuzzing over alternative software testing methodologies is the high ratio of automation to manual labor. Generating individual test cases is laborious and tedious work, a category of tasks ideally suited for a computer. The core competency of a fuzzer is its ability to generate useful data, preferably with minimal human interaction. This chapter focuses on various aspects of automation including language choice, helpful building blocks, and the ever ...

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