C/C++ Security Testing

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Security testing for delivering robust C/C++ code

Users can expertly and efficiently harden their software with Parasoft’s comprehensive security testing solution for C/C++. A comprehensive solution that includes support for cybersecurity standards, and tooling designed to help users tackle the root cause behind software security failures and achieve secure-by-design for today’s connected device software.

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How does it work?

Parasoft’s static code analysis technology provides high-quality results on the broadest range of security defect types. With over 2500 static analysis rules, Parasoft is able to detect not only security defects in the code, but also pinpoint the root cause engineering issues that led to such vulnerabilities. Reported violations contain metadata that includes severity, stack traces, and parameter values that lead to the reported issue, as well as mitigation advice to fix the code properly. This industry-leading support for static analysis rules and standards fully supports a secure-by-design approach to software development. 

Static analysis security warnings and coding standard violations are reported in a variety of ways depending on the needs of the individual and organization. Developers can get violations reported directly in their IDE where they are working, with full documentation and the ability to repair, suppress, reassign, and defer violations. Managers are given a powerful web interface that provides details in the form of customizable reports, dashboards, historical trends, compliance and audit data, and powerful expandable analytics.

Parasoft has implemented all of the major application security standards, such as SEI CERT C/C++, CWE (Common Weakness Enumeration) coding guidelines, UL 2900, and OWASP, along with security-specific dashboards for each that help users understand risk and prioritization of outstanding violations/vulnerabilities/security defects.
Parasoft has the most comprehensive support for the CERT standard. The Parasoft configuration uses behind-the-scenes data maps that deliver a CERT-centric view, and all violations are reported using CERT identifiers natively. It’s the easiest out-of-the-box configuration available from any SAST vendor. In addition, Parasoft has implemented CERT’s unique set of metadata for each guideline that includes factors used in determining risk and prioritization of static analysis findings, so all violations contain information about probability of exploit, difficulty and cost of remediation, and severity if exploited.
Parasoft also supports the CWE coding guidelines. Configurations are available not only for the “Top 25” most common dangerous issues, but also for the CWE CUSP. Once a team has mitigated the critical vulnerabilities in the CWE Top 25, the CUSP configuration is a great second step before moving on to the full CWE guidelines. In addition, both the Top 25 and CUSP are core elements of the UL 2900 standard, so complying with them helps prepare products for deployment in an IoT ecosystem. 

Parasoft provides CWE-centric dashboards and reports so that violations are reported based on CWE identifiers, making it easy to understand what you’re working on as well as proving compliance to meet necessary regulations. Parasoft leverages data from CWE to help prioritize and categorize SAST findings based on their potential impact downstream.
Parasoft enables you to not only find existing vulnerabilities, but harden your code with solid secure coding standards that reduce the number of CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) in your code/application/device. Analysis can run directly in the developer’s chosen IDE, on a build server, and directly as part of the CI/CD pipeline, giving the developer results when and where the need them while providing management with the necessary understanding to minimize security risk and breeze through security audits.


Parasoft enables users to find the root coding issues that create vulnerabilities in the application before testing even begins. Advanced analysis traces data input to usage in potentially exploitable locations in the code via data flow analysis. 

Security-focused analytics help users understand the risk of an application before release, by prioritizing security findings based on industry research from CWE and CERT. Put large reports into perspective by selecting violations based on their potential impact in the field, the prevalence of attacks of this type, the cost to remediate, and more.

Developers use Parasoft C/C++test to enforce important cybersecurity standards like CERT, CWE, UL 2900, and OWASP, to ensure that the software is built securely. Easily prove audit compliance by using Parasoft’s advanced compliance reports that show which rules have been used, when they were run, and what their state is, with markers for approved variance. Because these reports are specific to the user’s implemented coding standards, they also help teams quickly identify progress during development. For example, if you’re using CERT, you see all violations based on the CERT ID rather than an internal tool rule ID number.

Parasoft helps users create a sustainable security strategy by collecting information from different sources across the entire development process, and finding the patterns that are most dangerous. Parasoft gathers a variety of information based on metrics, new vs. legacy code, the results of other tests, the risk scores from security standards, and more, and then helps you dial in on the results that matter the most.

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Embedded Cybersecurity Through Secure Coding Standards CWE and CERT

Embedded Cybersecurity Through Secure Coding Standards CWE and CERT

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