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Integrating a Go project

The process of integrating a project written in Go with OSS-Fuzz is very similar to the general Setting up a new project process. The key specifics of integrating a Go project are outlined below.

Go-fuzz support

OSS-Fuzz supports go-fuzz in the libFuzzer compatible mode only. In that mode, fuzz targets for Go use the libFuzzer engine with native Go coverage instrumentation. Binaries compiled in this mode provide the same libFuzzer command line interface as non-Go fuzz targets.

Project files

First, you need to write a Go fuzz target that accepts a stream of bytes and calls the program API with that. This fuzz target should reside in your project repository (example).

The structure of the project directory in OSS-Fuzz repository doesn’t differ for projects written in Go. The project files have the following Go specific aspects.


The language attribute must be specified.

language: go

The only supported fuzzing engine and sanitizer are libfuzzer and address, respectively. Example:

  - libfuzzer
  - address


The OSS-Fuzz builder image has the latest stable release of Golang installed. In order to install dependencies of your project, add RUN go get ... command to your Dockerfile. Example:

# Dependency for one of the fuzz targets.
RUN go get

In the case you are using modules, the best practice is to git clone the repository into the expected $GOPATH/src directory.

A usage example from go-coredns project is

RUN git clone --depth 1 $GOPATH/src/

In order to build a Go fuzz target, you need to call go-fuzz command first, and then link the resulting .a file against $LIB_FUZZING_ENGINE using the $CXX $CXXFLAGS ... command.

The best way to do this is by using a compile_go_fuzzer script, as it also supports coverage builds.

A usage example from go-dns project is

compile_go_fuzzer FuzzNewRR fuzz_newrr fuzz

Arguments are :

  • path of the package with the fuzz target
  • name of the fuzz function
  • name of the fuzzer to be built
  • optional tag to be used by go build and such