failgen is a small tool used to geneated random failures in systrace(1)
policies using a configurable number of failures. this is useful in fault
injection tests where you want to observe the error handling of applications.
uses a random array of error conditions from errno(2). failgen was inspired
failgen should work with any POSIX compliant AWK system.
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failgen.awk policy percent [options]
the policy is a policy file for systrace. the percent is a decimal value
between 0 and 1 (ie 0.3) of the percent of "permit" rules you wish to
change to a "deny".
-e don't set "deny" for exit (causes core dumps)
a silc client policy, before and
after a pass through failgen. (addresses
modify the policy to inject 10% failure cases, skipping native-exit denial:
$ failgen.awk /home/jose/.systrace/usr_sbin_host 0.1 -e
Policy: /usr/sbin/host, Emulation: native
native-fsread: filename eq "/usr/libexec/ld.so" then permit
save this file in "/tmp/usr_bin_host" and use it now to test the policy:
$ systrace -a -f /tmp/usr_bin_host host www.monkey.org
/usr/libexec/ld.so: host: libc.so.28.5: No such file or directory
repeat the policy modification and application testing.
failgen has several major limitations:
- it has a granularity at the syscall level. simply put this
means it can't allow you to allow a syscall to be permitted
several times and then fail randomly. any single syscall
fails or passes in bulk.
- it inserts random error codes which may or may not make sense.
you may wish to have an error code that does make sense for
any given operation, or just a blanket "deny".
- it doesn't modify the arguments to syscalls. this would be
an interesting way to allow it to get more granularity, but
the logic there is very complicated and destined to fail
more often than work.
failgen-0.1.tar.gz, version 0.1
failgen-0.2.tar.gz, version 0.2
17 november 2002 released 0.1
17 november 2002 released 0.2
- added support for "-e" to skip native-exit denial
jose nazario, 17 november, 2002