Software Assurance Analysis and Visual Analytics
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AbstractTo increase confidence that software is secure, researchers and vendors have developed different kinds of automated software security analysis tools. These tools analyze software for weaknesses and vulnerabilities, but produce massive data with many false positives. Further, the individual tools catch different vulnerabilities, often with little overlap. The NSA tested five static code analysis tools and found that 84pct of the vulnerabilities were identified by only one tool. These results point to the need to combine and correlate the results of multiple tools to ensure comprehensive vulnerability analysis. However, the disparate interfaces and nonnormalized results of each tool make correlation of their results taxing to the software developer. The Secure Decisions Division of Applied Visions Inc. is developing a Software Assurance Analysis and Visual Analytics platform that integrates the results of disparate software analysis tools into a visual environment for triage and exploration of code vulnerabilities. Software developers can explore voluminous vulnerability results to uncover hidden trends, triage the most important code weaknesses, and show who is responsible for introducing software vulnerabilities. Visual analytics focus the user`s attention on the most pressing vulnerabilities. By correlating and normalizing data from multiple tools, the overall vulnerability detection coverage of software is increased.
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