[Owasp-testing] Code Review project and Code-Scanning-Tool(s)

Stephen de Vries stephen at corsaire.com
Thu Jan 18 04:06:33 EST 2007

On 18 Jan 2007, at 15:46, Javier Fernández-Sanguino wrote:

> Dinis Cruz dijo:
>> I don't care if in its initial version it is just a bunch of regEx  
>> and
>> cleaver searches (ideally we would expand of projects like our own  
>> LAPSE Project
>> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_LAPSE_Project> ,  
>> but I
>> don't want the guide to be depended on a tool development)
> Wouldn't it be possible to extend existing OSS tools (such as
> Flawfinder, which is actively being developed) for the OWASP specifics
> of Code Review?

In the Java space, the OWASP LAPSE tool is easily the best open  
source security code review tool available, IMO.  The other  
contenders such as: findbugs and PMD include only limited security  
But LAPSE is far from perfect, and it would be great to be able to  
extend this tool to compete with the commercial offerings.  What  
would be really useful is:
- Support for .NET (this could be a LOT of work)
- Support for scanning xml configuration files (and the necessary  
rules for the most popular J2EE servers)
- Support for JSP and JSF

> I mention Flawfinder (and not Rats) because it seems to be more  
> actively
> developed. It has been brought to my attention that the latest release
> (1.27) includes the capability to work with control version systems
> (reporting on the differences found when making changes).

Am I correct in assuming that flawfinder can only find issues in C/C+ 
+ code?  If so, this would be of limited benefit to the web app world  
because it's not used as often as things like .NET, PHP and even RoR.

Are there any existing tools in OSS land for .NET and PHP?


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