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Tool Release: tmin: Fuzzing test case optimizer

Michal Zalewski has released tmin. From his announcement to bugtraq

"I'd like to announce tmin - a free, quick, and handy tool to quickly and effortlessly minimize the size and syntax of complex test cases in automated security testing. I found the tool to be remarkably useful, as it saved me from hours of manual guesswork a number of times already - so I thought it's good to share.

The tool is related to delta (http://delta.tigris.org), a sophisticated test case optimizer for well-structured input formats - but tmin is designed specifically for dealing with unknown or insanely complex data layouts, including binary files (without the need to encode, tokenize, and re-serialize testcases), for hands-off detection of common security fault conditions, and for easy integration with GUI application testing harnesses.

[ It is also capable of reducing the complexity of alphabets used in datasets that cannot be further trimmed down in size, which is nice. ]

Download & documentation:

http://code.google.com/p/tmin

A quick teaser:

$ cat testcase.in
This is a lengthy and annoying hello world testcase.

$ cat testme.sh
#!/bin/bash

grep "el..*wo" || exit 0
exit 1

$ ../tmin -x ./testme.sh
tmin - complex testcase minimizer, version 0.03-beta (lcamtuf@google.com)
[*] Stage 0: loading 'testcase.in' and validating fault condition...
[*] Stage 1: recursive truncation (round 1, input = 53/53)
[*] Stage 1: recursive truncation (round 2, input = 27/53)
[*] Stage 1: recursive truncation (round 3, input = 14/53)
[*] Stage 1: recursive truncation (round 4, input = 10/53)
[*] Stage 1: recursive truncation (round 5, input = 8/53)
[*] Stage 1: recursive truncation (round 6, input = 7/53)
[*] Stage 2: block skipping (round 1, input = 7/53)
[*] Stage 2: block skipping (round 2, input = 6/53)
[*] Stage 2: block skipping (round 3, input = 5/53)
[*] Stage 3: alphabet normalization (round 1, charset = 5/5)
[*] Stage 3: alphabet normalization (round 2, charset = 5/5)
[*] Stage 4: character normalization (round 1, characters = 4/5)
[*] All done - writing output to 'testcase.small'...


== Final statistics==
Original size : 53 bytes
Optimized size : 5 bytes (-90.57%)
Chars replaced : 1 (1.89%)
Efficiency : 9 good / 49 bad
Round counts : 1:6 2:3 3:2 4:1


$ cat testcase.small
el0wo


Enjoy,
/mz"

Tool Link: http://code.google.com/p/tmin/wiki/TminManual

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