Discovering, Verifying And Visualizing Dependencies Between Dynamically Linked Software Components For Researching Build Configuration, Open Source License Compliance And Security

When software components are combined they are said to be linked. A special program called "linker" takes binary objects that have been translated from source code (so called "object files") and links them and any dependencies together into one final executable. There are two ways a file can be linked with its dependencies: static and dynamic.

Publication Date
07 April 2014

security visualization Linux FreeBSD BSD Unix QNX Solaris ELF software software development dynamic linking open source license compliance defect discovery reverse engineering


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