Trustworthy Systems

Active device drivers


Sidney Amani, Peter Chubb, Alastair Donaldson, Alexander Legg, Leonid Ryzhyk and Yanjin Zhu



Imperial College London


We develop a practical solution to the problem of automatic verification of the interface between device drivers and the operating system. Our solution relies on a combination of improved driver architecture and verification tools. Unlike previous proposals for verification-friendly drivers, our driver development and verification methodology supports drivers written in C and can be implemented in any existing OS. Our Linux-based evaluation shows that this methodology amplifies the power of existing model checking tools in detecting driver bugs, making it possible to verify properties that are beyond the reach of traditional techniques.

BibTeX Entry

    title            = {Active Device Drivers},
    month            = sep,
    keywords         = {device drivers, reliability, model checking},
    institution      = {NICTA},
    paperurl         = {},
    author           = {Amani, Sidney and Chubb, Peter and Donaldson, Alastair and Legg, Alexander and Ryzhyk, Leonid and
                        Zhu, Yanjin},
    issn             = {1833-9646-6317},
    year             = {2012},
    address          = {Sydney, Australia}