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Fuzz testing

C-lightning currently supports coverage-guided fuzz testing using LLVM's libfuzzer when built with clang.

The goal of fuzzing is to generate mutated -and often unexpected- inputs (seeds) to pass to (parts of) a program (target) in order to make sure the codepaths used: - do not crash - are valid (if combined with sanitizers) The generated seeds can be stored and form a corpus, which we try to optimise (don't store two seeds that lead to the same codepath).

For more info about fuzzing see here, and for more about libfuzzer in particular see here.

Build the fuzz targets

In order to build the C-lightning binaries with code coverage you will need a recent clang. The more recent the compiler version the better.

Then you'll need to enable support at configuration time. You likely want to enable a few sanitizers for bug detections as well as experimental features for an extended coverage (not required though).


The targets will be built in tests/fuzz/ as fuzz- binaries.

Run one or more target(s)

You can run each target independently. Pass -help=1 to see available options, for example:

./tests/fuzz/fuzz-addr -help=1

Otherwise, you can use the Python runner to either run the targets against a given seed corpus:

./tests/fuzz/ fuzz_corpus -j2
Or extend this corpus:
./tests/fuzz/ fuzz_corpus -j2 --generate --runs 12345

The latter will run all targets two by two 12345 times.

If you want to contribute new seeds, be sure to merge your corpus with the main one:

./tests/fuzz/ my_locally_extended_fuzz_corpus -j2 --generate --runs 12345
./tests/fuzz/ main_fuzz_corpus --merge_dir my_locally_extended_fuzz_corpus

Write new fuzzing targets

In order to write a new target: - include the libfuzz.h header - fill two functions: init() for static stuff and run() which will be called repeatedly with mutated data. - read about what makes a good fuzz target.

A simple example is fuzz-addr. It setups the chainparams and context (wally, tmpctx, ..) in init() then bruteforces the bech32 encoder in run().