What is Static Code Analysis?
Static code analysis, also commonly called "white-box" testing, looks at applications in non-runtime environment. This method of security testing has distinct advantages in that it can evaluate both web and non-web applications and through advanced modeling, can detect flaws in the software’s inputs and outputs that cannot be seen through dynamic web scanning alone. In the past this technique required source code which is not only unpractical as source code often is unavailable but also insufficient.
Static code analysis provides greater enterprise security
Enterprise security today is highly focused on the application layer. Since security efforts have largely been successful in securing the enterprise perimeter, hackers and other malicious individuals have turned their attention to enterprise applications. Using embedded code or exploiting flaws in software, hackers gain control of company computers and get access to confidential information and customer records. Static code analysis is one of the security tools the enterprise can use to identify flaws and malicious code in applications before they are bought or deployed. But most static code analysis tools are only partially helpful - they focus on source code which, as proprietary or intellectual property, is often not accessible for testing. For enterprises seeking a static code analysis solution that can actually deliver 100 percent coverage even when source code is not available, Veracode has the answer.
Get more accurate and cost-effective static code analysis with Veracode
By scanning binary code (also called “compiled” or “byte” code) instead of source code, Veracode's static code analysis technology enables enterprises to test software more effectively and comprehensively, providing greater security for the organization. Veracode is built on the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, enabling enterprises to get on-demand security assessments. In the past, application security assessment software has been expensive to purchase, and it required constant upgrades to keep up with ever-evolving threats. The Veracode static analysis tool frees enterprises from having to spend resources on the purchase of software or hardware, on hiring software security experts and consultants to operate it, and on constant maintenance to keep effective. With Veracode, enterprises simply submit code through an online platform and quickly get back test results. Veracode is easy to use and access, allowing enterprises to roll out security best-practices quickly and efficiently to development teams.
Veracode offers a fundamentally better approach to static code analysis through our patented automated static binary analysis, which has been called a “breakthrough” by industry analysts such as Gartner. By looking at the code in its “final” compiled version Veracode can evaluate vulnerabilities introduced by linked libraries, APIs, compiler optimizations and third party components which source code testing cannot identify. This approach results in the most accurate and complete security testing available in the industry.
Application Security without Source Code
The primary inhibitor to organizations being able to identify software vulnerabilities is the availability of source code. Veracode’s patented static binary analysis enables enterprises to conduct application security audits through an easy to use platform, as part of an organization’s formal software release, compliance or acceptance process, without the need for source code or other intellectual property.
Superior Accuracy and Coverage through Binary Analysis
Binary analysis creates a behavioral model by analyzing an application’s control and data flow through executable machine code – the way an attacker sees it. Unlike source code tools, this approach accurately detects issues in the core application and extends coverage to vulnerabilities found in 3rd party libraries, pre-packaged components, and code introduced by compiler or platform specific interpretations.
Detect Hidden Backdoors and Malicious Code with our Static Code Analysis Tool
Software development is a multi-tier process where growing types of threats – such as those coming from malicious code and backdoors – are impossible to spot with traditional static code analysis tools because they are not visible in source code. For the first time, organizations can now detect these threats by using static binary analysis on the application in its final form.
Written by: Fergal Glynn