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TechDebt 2021
Wed 19 - Fri 21 May 2021
co-located with ICSE 2021
Fri 21 May 2021 17:30 - 17:50 at TechDebt Room - TD Management - 2 Chair(s): Rafael Capilla

Smart contracts are self-enforcing agreements that are employed to exchange assets without the approval of trusted third parties. This feature has encouraged various sectors to make use of smart contracts when transacting. Experience shows that many deployed contracts are vulnerable to exploitation due to their poor design, which allows attackers to steal valuable assets from the involved parties. Therefore, an assessment approach that allows developers to recognise the consequences of deploying vulnerable contracts is needed. In this paper, we propose a debt-aware approach for assessing security design vulnerabilities in smart contracts. Our assessment approach involves two main steps: (i) identification of design vulnerabilities using security analysis techniques and (ii) an estimation of the ramifications of the identified vulnerabilities leveraging the technical debt metaphor, its principal and interest. We use examples of vulnerable contracts to demonstrate the applicability of our approach. The results show that our assessment approach increases the visibility of security design issues. It also allows developers to concentrate on resolving smart contract vulnerabilities through technical debt impact analysis and prioritisation. Developers can use our approach to inform the design of more secure contracts and for reducing unintentional debts caused by a lack of awareness of security issues.

Fri 21 May

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17:00 - 17:50
TD Management - 2Technical Papers at TechDebt Room
Chair(s): Rafael Capilla Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Carrot and Stick approaches revisited when managing Technical Debt in an educational/training context
Technical Papers
Yania Crespo University of Valladolid, arturo gonzalez University of Valladolid, Mario Piattini University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Pre-print Media Attached
The Need for Holistic Technical Debt Management across the Value Stream: Lessons Learnt and Open Challenges
Technical Papers
Somayeh Malakuti ABB Corporate Research, Germany, Jens Heuschkel ABB Corporate Research Center, Germany
Pre-print Media Attached
Assessing Smart Contracts Security Technical Debts
Technical Papers
Sabreen Ahmadjee University of Birmingham, Carlos Mera-Gómez ESPOL Polythecnic University, Rami Bahsoon School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham
Pre-print Media Attached

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