New Source Code Analysis Tools

Fortify Software, Inc. announced Source Code Analysis 3.5, a powerful advancement in functionality for its award-winning Source Code Analysis suite. Designed to ensure a higher level of application security, the new enhancements improve the ability for software developers and development managers to identify, prioritize and resolve security flaws in software applications before they are shipped or deployed in order to mitigate enterprise security risk. Fortify Source Code Analysis 3.5 include the following new and expanded components:

- New Structural Analyzer detects potentially dangerous flaws in the structure or definition of a program.
- Expanded language support that includes .NET languages such as C#, VB.NET and ASP.NET
- The addition of over 48 new vulnerability categories that will be referenced by Source Code Analysis
- Significant enhancements to Integrated Developer Environment (IDE) plug-in support for Eclipse, Visual Studio and IBM WSAD environments

Fortify's powerful source code analyzers run comprehensive, automated security checks on software code bases to detect over 115 vulnerability categories across popular languages and platforms. In version 3.5, Fortify Source Code Analysis includes a new Structural Analyzer and expansion of its list of supported languages that includes Java, C/C++, XML, PL/SQL, and .Net C# 1.0, to include:
- .Net 2.0 support for C# 2.0, VB.NET 2.0, ASP.NET 2.0
- Microsoft T-SQL support
- Expanded JSP support for BEA Weblogics and IBM Websphere.

By understanding the way programs are structured, the new Structural Analyzer identifies vulnerabilities that are often difficult to detect through inspection because they encompass both the declaration and use of variables and functions. For example, the Structural Analyzer detects assignment to member variables in Java servlets, identifies the use of loggers that are not declared "static final", and flags instances of dead code that will never be executed because of a predicate that is always false. This new analyzer joins Fortify's stable of data flow, configuration, semantic and control flow analyzers to provide the most comprehensive and accurate coverage of security vulnerabilities in the industry.

Fortify's Secure Coding Rulepacks now contain thousands of rules in more than 115 vulnerability categories that provides comprehensive coverage of over 35, 000 permutations which would be virtually impossible to track manually. The Rulepacks recognize sources of tainted input combined with known unsafe functions, function call sequences and application configurations. Fortify's security experts and partners continually update the rulepacks based on a rich store of security knowledge around common programming practices used in application development.

Version 3.5 also includes significant enhancements to its support for popular IDEs, including Visual Studio 2003 and Visual Studio 2005, Eclipse 3.0 and above, and IBM WSAD 5.0 and 6.0. Now developers can use powerful functionality previously only part of Fortify Audit Workbench to discover and remediate flaws in a familiar environment while they code.

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