Source code analysis is one of the most thorough methods available for auditing software. It is also one of the most expensive, but it provides a lot of value in terms of black box testing, determining where problems originate and where they are likely to be fixed.
It's also an essential skill to have if you're writing code on your own or working on a team.
Source code analysis combines the power of binary analysis (the process of identifying specific points to look at in a binary file) with symbolic execution to identify possible vulnerabilities in source files. As such, source code analysis is one of the most used types of vulnerability testing.
For example in my company, one of our developers reported a bug in our code that appeared after installing multiple extensions, namely: a small amount of memory being allocated for radio buttons on a form. The easiest way to catch this bug is to run source code analysis whenever a new version is released.
In this article, we will be talking about a tool for source code scanning that can save you time.
But first, let's talk about some common questions out there.
What is Source code Scanning?
Source code analysis is the automated testing of source code for the purpose of debugging a computer program or application before it is distributed or sold. Source code consists of statements created with a text editor or visual programming tool and then saved in a file.
Benefits of source code scanning?
Source code is flexible to your unique needs. Access to the source code provides important flexibility to a distributor or manufacturer when they have unique business requirements—because often, no pre-packaged accounting and financial management system exists that fully meets your needs.
The tool for scanning source code.
In this article, we will be talking about SCodeScanner.
SCodeScanner stands for Source Code scanner where the user can scan the source code for finding Critical Vulnerabilities. The main objective of this scanner is to find the vulnerabilities inside the source code before the code gets published in Prod.
Supported PHP Language
Supported YAML Language
Pass results to bug tracking services like Jira also Slack (Sending files to groups to multiple people at once).
Gives results in JSON format, which can easily be used in any other program.
Works with Rules. We only need to create some rules for which the target rule is not present in php/yaml directory.
Rules that can scan advanced patterns
SCodeScanner received 5 CVEs for finding vulnerabilities in multiple CMS plugins.
How to Use the tool?
First clone the repository by
Now move into the directory
and then run
Which code scanning software is the best to find open source vulnerabilities?
There are many tools but I think it is one of the best tools for source code scanning.
That is it for this time. We will meet in another write-up. Till then happy Hacking.