Improving Digital Systems Security Evaluation

BAXMC: a CEGAR approach to Max#SAT

Thomas Vigouroux , Cristian Ene, David Monniaux , Laurent Mounier, Marie-Laure Potet

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Max#SAT is an important problem with multiple applications in security and program synthesis that is proven hard to solve. It is defined as: given a parameterized quantifier-free propositional formula compute parameters such that the number of models of the formula is maximal. As an extension, the formula can include an existential prefix. We propose a CEGAR-based algorithm and refinements thereof, based on either exact or approximate model counting, and prove its correctness in both cases. Our experiments show that this algorithm has much better effective complexity than the state of the art.