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Section: New Results

Information-Flow Preservation in Compiler Optimisations

Participants : Frédéric Besson, Alexandre Dang, Thomas Jensen.

Correct compilers perform program transformations preserving input/output behaviours of programs. Though mandatory, correctness is not sufficient to prevent program optimisations from introducing information-flow leaks that would make the target program more vulnerable to side-channel at- tacks than the source program. To tackle this problem, we propose a notion of Information-Flow Preserving (IFP) program transformation which ensures that a target program is no more vulnerable to passive side-channel attacks than a source program. To protect against a wide range of attacks, we model an attacker who is granted arbitrary memory accesses for a pre-defined set of observation points. We have proposed a compositional proof principle for proving that a transformation is IFP. Using this principle, we show how a translation validation technique can be used to automatically verify and even close information-flow leaks introduced by standard compiler passes such as dead- store elimination and register allocation. The technique has been experimentally validated on the CompCert C compiler [7].