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SWAMP Instructional Videos

SWAMP Chief Scientist and PI, Bart Miller, along with his colleague, Elisa Heymann, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Computer Sciences department created an educational guide to using the SWAMP: Be sure to check out their video and links to all of the other SWAMP recordings, webinars, etc. on our website:

SWAMP Plug-Ins Updates

Updates are now available for the following SWAMP plug-ins:

If a user submits an assessment with a tool that they do not have permission to use, the assessment is not submitted and an error is reported to the user.

SWAMP plug-ins can be found in the Jenkins and Eclipse marketplaces and on GitHub:

New Updates on

The following updates were made to the SWAMP at

  1. We have updated the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for the SWAMP. The updated AUP replaces all previous versions.
  2. We’ve replaced version 10.3.3 of Parasoft C/C++test and Jtest with version 10.3.4.
  3. We’ve added version 10.4.0 of Parasoft C/C++test and Jtest.
  4. The Native viewer is now the default results viewer selected on the Assessment Results page.
  5. General enhancements and bug fixes

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Want to fight cyberthreats? Start with clean code

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.”


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


Brian Mattmiller
Morgridge Institute for Research

SWAMP updates for

The following updates are now available at New

  • The Ubuntu 16.04 platform has been updated to reduce the frequency of assessment failures.
  • Fixes were made to prevent Ruby assessment failures.
  • When using the latest versions of the Safari web browser, you can now create a new package or package version using a GitHub URL.
  • C assessments now support the arm cross compiler.
  • Phone support is no longer available. For SWAMP support, please email To report a security incident, please email The Contact Us form has been removed from the Contact page.
  • SWAMP-in-a-Box v1.33.1 is available.
  • General enhancements and bug fixes.

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Updates on

The following updates are now available at! New

  • The Code Dx assessment result viewer has been updated to version 2.8.3. When viewing existing results, Code Dx will prompt to upgrade existing Code Dx data.
  • Sonatype Application Health Check is now available for assessing Java packages. To use the tool, you must request permission and provide information, including your email; this information is sent to Sonatype. When running an Application Health Check assessment, the tool sends a snapshot of your package to Sonatype and provides summary information about components that may include weaknesses or licensing issues. When reviewing results, you will see the summary information and may request detailed information from Sonatype.
  • CentOS 7 (64-bit) and Scientific Linux 7 (64-bit) assessment platforms are available for C/C++.
  • The Parasoft C/C++test and Jtest assessment tools were updated to version 10.3.3.
  • SWAMP users can download the SCARF .xml file from commercial tool assessments, provided the EULA for the tool has been accepted.
  • SWAMP users can add a comma-separated list of paths to files or directories to exclude them from assessments for Python, Ruby, and Web Scripting packages. For Ruby packages, this does not apply to the tools Dawn and Brakeman, which do whole program analysis.
  • The web user interface automatically sets the build system for Web Scripting packages (Composer and NPM) and Python (Build with Setup Tools) packages when it detects a build file.
  • The web user interface was improved to better set the Configure and/or Build Path (relative to the Package Path) when it detects a build or configure file that is not directly in the Package Path.
  • There is a script available on the SWAMP GitHub page that will package an active development directory into an archive suitable for uploading as a SWAMP package. Links to this script are provided on the Details page for uploading a new package and on the SWAMP Resources page.
  • SWAMP-in-a-Box v1.33 is available.
  • General enhancements and bug fixes.

Let us know if you have any questions at

Updates on

You can now find the following updates on! New

  • Parasoft C/C++test and Jtest version 10.3.2 (tools for assessing C/C++ and Java Source/Android Java Source packages, respectively) are now available in the SWAMP. You must request and receive permission to use these tools and agree to the EULA.
  • OWASP Dependency Check version 2.1.1 is now available for assessing Java Source Code, Java Bytecode, and Android Java Source Code packages.
  • Spotbugs version 3.1.0 is now available for assessing Java Source Code, Java Bytecode, and Android Java Source Code packages. This tool is a fork of Findbugs. When you choose to run assessments for a Java package using “All” tools, a Spotbugs assessment will be generated but a Findbugs assessment will not. You can still specifically select Findbugs to generate a Findbugs assessment.
  • SWAMP now provides support for C/C++ packages that build using autotools to generate their configure files. “Autotools+Configure+Make” is now available as a Build System for C/C++ packages.
  • We’ve made improvements to the Native result viewer. Specifically, results are now spread across multiple pages. Controls are available to set the number of weaknesses shown on a page and navigate from page to page.
  • The buttons on the navigation bar are now links. Right click to open them in a new browser window or tab.
  • The ThreadFix result viewer has been deprecated.
  • CentOS and Scientific Linux 6.9 (32-bit and 64-bit) assessment platforms are now available.
  • We’ve added links to SWAMP-related white-papers on the Resources page.
  • SWAMP-in-a-Box v1.32 is available.
  • General enhancements and bug fixes.

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