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What Is Flow Analysis?

Flow analysis in software testing refers to the examination and evaluation of data or control flow within a program or system to identify potential issues such as resource leaks, memory corruption, dead code, security vulnerabilities, or performance bottlenecks, helping improve software quality and reliability.

Related terms: automated testing, static analysis

Flow Analysis: Examples in Context

Flow analysis is employed to identify possible memory corruption and resource leaks in functional safety automotive software.

In a cloud-based analytics platform, flow analysis is used to trace the data flow, identifying areas where unvalidated input may lead to security vulnerabilities.