The SWAMP team will be exhibiting at Developer Week Austin on Wednesday, November 6th and Thursday, November 7th at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas! If you will be in the area or would like to make the trip, please join us in the Expo Hall (Booth #307) and attend the conference. We have free OPEN passes available ($150 value)! Register for Developer Week Austin using our custom link to receive your discount.
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January 31, 2019
GrammaTech Adds Real World Benchmarks to SWAMP
MADISON, WI – (January 31, 2019) – Software development and quality managers that are looking to measure the benefit of static analysis now have a platform to do just that. GrammaTech, under contract for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), has created independent real-world benchmarks that are now available in the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP).
Several different synthetic benchmarks exist that can be used to measure how well static analysis tools perform in detecting bugs. However, many of these have limitations with the code paths typically being too simple. GrammaTech, under contract for DHS S&T, has created BugInjector, a tool that can inject Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) based bug patterns into existing code bases, thus delivering real-world benchmarks. The BugInjector tool is available directly from GrammaTech to inject bugs into private code bases for training purposes. Additionally, four different real-world code bases (nginx, grep, sqlite, lighttpd) have been injected with bugs and are available through the Software Assurance Marketplace, enabling users to easily benchmark how well their static analysis tools are able to find these bugs in realistic code paths.
“There is an urgent need for benchmarks, such as those from GrammaTech, to allow software developers to evaluate static analysis tools in a comprehensive and real-world setting,” says Barton Miller, Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Chief Scientist of SWAMP. “Also, developers of static analysis tools now have the ability to enhance their tools or benchmark new static analysis technologies with realistic test cases. Integrating these benchmarks into the SWAMP platform increases their effectiveness and availability.”
“GrammaTech CodeSonar® has always focused on highest recall,” says Paul Anderson, VP of Engineering at GrammaTech, Inc. “Many tools claim that they can catch a particular CWE, but there has never been a way to measure how well tools perform if this CWE is hidden deep inside a code path. BugInjector provides an automated way to objectively measure static analysis tool recall; interested parties can now evaluate CodeSonar®’s market leading recall against other tools easily.”
The Software Assurance Marketplace’s static analysis capabilities are available for use in the cloud or on-premise at no cost. Interested parties can sign up to use the SWAMP at mir-swamp.org and find the BugInjector test cases on the Resources page under Packages. After selecting a package and version containing a CWE of interest, users can run an assessment of the chosen “bug injected” software using one or more software assurance tools. GrammaTech CodeSonar® is one of the commercial tools that is integrated into the SWAMP, along with many other open source static analysis tools. Users can also download BugInjector test cases to run against tools they are developing.
GrammaTech’s advanced static analysis tools are used by software developers worldwide, spanning a myriad of embedded software industries including avionics, government, medical, military, industrial control, and other applications where reliability and security are paramount. Originally developed within Cornell University, GrammaTech is now a leading research center for software security and a commercial vendor of software-assurance tools and advanced cyber-security solutions. With both static and dynamic analysis tools that analyze source code as well as binary executables, GrammaTech continues to advance the science of superior software analysis, providing technology for developers to produce safer software. For more information, visit www.grammatech.com or follow us on LinkedIn.
ABOUT THE SWAMP
The Software Assurance Marketplace is a joint effort of four research institutions – The Morgridge Institute for Research, Indiana University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison – to advance the capabilities and to increase the adoption of software assurance technologies through open continuous assurance capabilities and a shared facility. The SWAMP project is funded by the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. Services include access to high throughput computing capacity, over 30 software assurance tools, and a library of more than 500 open-source code samples with known vulnerabilities to help developers improve the quality of their static and dynamic testing tools. For more information, visit https://continuousassurance.org.
The SWAMP team has a busy fall schedule! We have four more events coming up, including tutorials.
- Bart Miller and Elisa Heymann from the University of Wisconsin-Madison are presenting about the SWAMP in their training, “Automated Assessment Tools – Theory & Practice,” at the 2018 NSF Cybersecurity Summit for Large Facilities and Cyberinfrastructure on August 21 at 9:00am-1:00pm in Alexandria, VA. View the Training Descriptions for details.
- Bart Miller and Elisa Heymann will be teaching a tutorial at the IEEE Cybersecurity Development Conference (SecDev) held on September 30-October 2 in Cambridge, MA. “Secure Coding Practices, Automated Assessment Tools and the SWAMP” is scheduled on September 30 from 1:30pm to 5:00pm (view the agenda). Register for the conference here.
- Bart Miller and Elisa Heymann will be presenting at the O’Reilly Velocity conference in London on October 30-November 2. Their session, “Critical Infrastructure Software Security: A Maritime Shipping Study Case,” will be at 1:15–1:55pm on Friday, November 2. Register for Velocity here.
- On November 11-12, Bart Miller and Elisa Heymann will be giving a tutorial at Supercomputing 2018 in Dallas, TX. Review the schedule, and sign up for “Secure Coding Practices and Automated Assessment Tools” to learn about security programming and software assurance tools, including hands-on activities in the SWAMP! Registration can be found here.
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August 8, 2018
Want to fight cyberthreats? Start with clean code
MADISON, WI – (August 8, 2018) – Barton Miller has a surprise for his University of Wisconsin-Madison class of 250 software programming undergraduates this fall: No code assignment is complete until it’s declared weakness-free by a suite of software analysis tools.
“You’re not going to get extra points,” he says. “It’s just that you can turn in your code only when it comes through clean.”
That may sound stringent, but Miller is confident it won’t be such a chore. His students will be directed to the Software Assurance Marketplace, or SWAMP, a powerful software assurance platform designed to make the detection of potential software weakness as quick and painless as possible.
The SWAMP offers more than 30 open-source and commercial static code analysis tools fully integrated into its automated platform. Leading commercial tool providers in the SWAMP include Synopsys, Parasoft, and GrammaTech, all household names with programmers.
“For the students, using the SWAMP is to feel the freedom that they are not handcuffed to a single tool,” Miller says, likening the SWAMP experience to taking multiple medications to manage a chronic disease. “Each medication may not solve the whole problem, but it may have a strength that other medications don’t have.”
Launched five years ago, the SWAMP is now coming into its own as a free, portable, one-stop source for programmers to tighten up their code — and, in turn, shore up the most frequent target of cyberattacks. The project is funded by the Department of Homeland Security and is led by the Morgridge Institute for Research in close collaboration with partners at UW-Madison, Indiana University, and the University of Illinois.
Miller’s classroom experiment represents an important front for the SWAMP as it aims to advance continuous assurance on software security. Software assurance is for the most part missing from the undergraduate coding curriculum and is often relegated to separate security-based courses. Miller, a UW-Madison computer science professor and chief scientist of the SWAMP, says the goal is to create “turnkey resources” such as video tutorials for computer science instructors to plug it into their courses.
Experience gained this fall from Miller’s course will be used as a blueprint for integrating software assurance into lecture-size coding courses at other institutions. The SWAMP platform was designed to support “scaling-out” in support of wide-scale usage.
Miron Livny, SWAMP director and chief technology officer, says that partnering with the educational community is key because the software security challenge has strong behavioral elements that need to be addressed in the beginning stages of software development teaching. Raising awareness early among future developers, and providing integrated tools like the SWAMP, will help make software assurance a continuous activity in the software life-cycle.
Von Welch, director of Indiana University’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and SWAMP chief information security officer, says the greatest contribution of the SWAMP has been to provide empowerment in what seems like an unwinnable scenario.
“The whole ecosystem of software has just exploded with iPhones and Android phones and software doing a lot for our lives these days,” he says. “It’s easy to be sort of abstractly aware of the security challenge, but we’re giving developers a tool to do something concrete about it.”
The project also yielded an application called “SWAMP-in-a-Box,” which enables developers to deploy the platform locally on their private network to address security and privacy concerns. In 2018 to date, more than 34,000 software assessments have been run in the SWAMP, covering hundreds of millions of lines of code.
Companies and organizations also have been active in the SWAMP. Partners on specialized assurance projects include the Department of Defense, defense contractors, and commercial companies certifying software.
Cyberattacks are only getting worse as software proliferates into every corner of life. Operating systems that once could support a few thousand applications can now support as many as 3 million. Things got remarkably bad in 2017 with 159,700 cyberattacks targeting businesses —nearly doubling the previous year’s total, according to the Online Trust Alliance.
One example from last year serves as a “poster child” for business catastrophe, Miller says. Dutch-based Maersk Shipping, representing almost one-fifth of all the world’s cargo shipping, was hit with the “NotPetya” ransomware virus that wiped out all 45,000 of the company’s computers. The result snarled global shipping traffic and cost the company $300 million in repairs.
“One of the challenges in cybersecurity right now is the attackers get unlimited attempts,” adds Welch. “Cyber attackers have this sort of invulnerability and anonymity and they’re doing it from across the world. When they keep attacking, it’s like the idea of monkeys typing randomness until they eventually produce Shakespeare.”
ABOUT THE SWAMP
The Software Assurance Marketplace is a joint effort of four research institutions – The Morgridge Institute for Research, Indiana University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison – to advance the capabilities and to increase the adoption of software assurance technologies through open continuous assurance capabilities and a shared facility. The SWAMP project is funded by the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. Services include access to high throughput computing capacity, over 30 software assurance tools, and a library of more than 280 open-source code samples with known vulnerabilities to help developers improve the quality of their static and dynamic testing tools. For more information, visit https://continuousassurance.org.
Morgridge Institute for Research
The SWAMP team will be joining the DHS Science and Technology booth #1336 in the business hall on Wednesday, August 8 and Thursday, August 9. We will be demoing SWAMP software, providing information about our project, and answering your questions. You are invited to stop by the DHS S&T booth for a 10-minute presentation at the following times:
- Wednesday, August 8 – 12:15-12:30pm & 5:15-5:30pm
- Thursday, August 9 – 12:15-12:30pm
The SWAMP will be at OSCON 2018 this week, and we want to see you in Portland, OR! Use our discount code, SWAMP25, to save 25% on your Gold, Sliver, or Bronze OSCON pass, if you still need to register for the conference.
The Software Assurance Marketplace will be in Booth #322 on July 18-19. Our team will be demoing the latest enhancements to SWAMP and SWAMP-in-a-Box. Please stop by to hear about what the SWAMP project and continuous software assurance have to offer!
It’s going to be a busy summer and fall for the SWAMP team. We have several events coming up, and we’d like for you to join us!
- The SWAMP team will be exhibiting at OSCON 2018 in Portland, OR on July 18-19.
- Register here, and get 25% off of your Gold, Sliver, or Bronze OSCON pass using our discount code, SWAMP25.
- SWAMP will be at the BlackHat USA 2018 conference on August 8-9. Register here. We will be part of the DHS Science & Technology booth (#1336) and will be giving demos of SWAMP software from the business hall at the following times:
- Wednesday, August 8 – 12:15-12:30pm & 5:15-5:30pm
- Thursday, August 9 – 12:15-12:30pm
- Bart Miller and Elisa Heymann will be teaching a tutorial at the IEEE Cybersecurity Development Conference (SecDev) held on September 30-October 2 in Cambridge, MA. “Secure Coding Practices, Automated Assessment Tools and the SWAMP” is scheduled on September 30 from 1:30pm to 5:00pm (view the agenda).
- Bart Miller and Elisa Heymann will be presenting at the O’Reilly Velocity conference in London on October 30-November 2. Their session, “Critical Infrastructure Software Security: A Maritime Shipping Study Case,” will be at 1:15–1:55pm on Friday, November 2. Register here.
- On November 11-12, Bart Miller and Elisa Heymann will be giving a tutorial at Supercomputing 2018 in Dallas, TX. Learn more about security programming and software assurance tools, including hands-on activities in the SWAMP!