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Triaging new crashes

ClusterFuzz was built to remove as much manual work from fuzzing as possible. Bug triage, in particular, has historically been a difficult and manual process. This document describes some common workflows where ClusterFuzz may save time with triage.


Filtering testcases

ClusterFuzz performs some analysis on each testcase. For example, ClusterFuzz can determine whether or not a crash has any security implications through its crash type.

The Testcases page provides filters and search functionality on testcases. You may filter by:

By default, only privileged users may see issues with security implications. This allows you to grant access to some users without leaking potentially sensitive information. See Access control for giving full or more granular access.

Regression revision range

Though only available for reliably reproducible crashes, the regression range is often the most useful information for triage. It shows the range of commits in which the issue was introduced.

The more frequently you create builds, the narrower these ranges will be. If you archive every revision of your build, ClusterFuzz can point to the exact commit which introduced the bug.

Crash stacktrace

When using sanitizers, the stack traces associated with a bug contain relevant information that can help you determine the cause of the crash. This is more of an art than an exact science, and there is no one process to follow to find a culprit changelist using this information.

That said, it is often helpful to look for changes in the regression range, if available, that modify the same files seen in the stack traces. When that isn’t an option, “git blame” or similar tools may be helpful to find a developer more familiar with the code in question who may be a good first point of contact.

Crash statistics

ClusterFuzz also provides statistics on how often issues occur, and under what conditions. For example, ClusterFuzz tracks which platform issues reproduce on and which fuzzers found them.

These sometimes provide useful insights for bugs where other methods fail. For example, if nothing directly modifies a file in a crash stack but you find that it only reproduces on a specific platform, a large behavior change on that platform may be the culprit. For a non-reproducible crash, it may be useful to know that it started occurring 3 days ago, the same time as a risky change.