Category Archives: Software Assurance

Updates on mir-swamp.org

The following updates are now available at mir-swamp.org! 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 support@continuousassurance.org.

SWAMP-in-a-Box Update 1.33

SWAMP-in-a-Box version 1.33 is available! The latest files can be found on GitHub or obtained from the SWAMP-in-a-Box download server.

Noteworthy changes include:New

  • SWAMP-in-a-Box administrators can now configure where the SWAMP web application’s backend stores its log entries. After installing or upgrading to SWAMP-in-a-Box version 1.33, the web application’s backend will create daily log files in /var/www/swamp-web-server/storage/logs. The web application’s backend can also be configured to make log entries in the system log, which is where they were made in previous versions of SWAMP-in-a-Box. Refer to the SWAMP-in-a-Box Reference Manual for details.
  • CentOS and Scientific Linux 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) assessment platforms are now available for C/C++ packages. Any versions of GrammaTech CodeSonar and Synopsis Static Analysis (Coverity) that were previously installed will not work with these new platforms. Refer to the SWAMP-in-a-Box Administrator Manual for instructions on re-creating the SWAMP tool archives for these tools and adding them to the SWAMP.
  • Updated versions of the CentOS and Scientific Linux 6.9 (32-bit and 64-bit) assessment platforms are now available for C/C++ packages. If a CentOS or Scientific Linux 6 platform was previously installed, download and install these new versions.
  • Code Dx version 2.8.3, a viewer for analyzing the results from assessments, can now be added to a SWAMP-in-a-Box installation. You must obtain Code Dx separately from Code Dx, Inc.
  • To support SWAMP-in-a-Box installations that do not have internet access, we have updated the tool archive for retire.js version 1.2.10 to include documentation and scripts for creating a version of the tool archive that bundles vulnerability data instead of downloading it from the internet for each assessment.
  • SWAMP-in-a-Box no longer requires that the host be configured with a timezone of UTC, and the SWAMP-in-a-Box installer and upgrader no longer modifies the host’s timezone. All dates and times in the SWAMP web application are displayed in the web browser’s local time. All dates and times in log files are in the host’s local time. All dates and times stored with database records are converted to UTC.
  • SWAMP-in-a-Box now includes a script for checking the health of the installation. Refer to the Troubleshooting section of the SWAMP-in-a-Box Administrator Manual for details.
  • SWAMP users can now add a list of paths to files or directories to exclude 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.
  • General enhancements and bug fixes.

Let us know if you have any questions at sib@continuousassurance.org.

SWAMP SCMS Plug-In Update

A new version of the SWAMP plug-in for source code management with git and Subversion is available on GitHub!
The 1.3.4 version of the swamp-scms-plugin allows assessment of web projects, supports future swamp platforms, and provides support for using a proxy to communicate with SWAMP. In addition, some query commands were added to make it easier to find values for the config file.

DevOpsDays Baltimore – SWAMP Discount

If you are going to be in Baltimore, MD on March 21-22 for DevOpsDays Baltimore, stop by to see the SWAMP team! When registering for the conference, use the SWAMP’s discount code SWAMPFRIENDS to save 10% on your registration. The SWAMP team will be providing demos and answering questions about the SWAMP’s open source software, including SWAMP-in-a-Box and SWAMP plug-ins for Eclipse, Jenkins, and Git/Subversion.

Register for DevOpsDays here.

With SWAMP-in-a-Box, Bring Your Own License and Turbo-Charge Software Assurance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 28, 2018

With SWAMP-in-a-Box, ‘Bring Your Own License’ and turbo-charge software assurance

MADISON, WI–(GlobeNewswire – February 28, 2018) – In the drive to reduce software security flaws, the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP) project has enhanced its portable platform that brings a comprehensive suite of software assurance tools to the programmer’s desktop.

This open-source SWAMP-in-a-Box (SiB) platform now integrates more than 30 tools, both open source and commercial, into a customizable, easy to deploy capability, significantly reducing the barriers to entry for using such tools.

Using multiple tools to regularly scan software is the cornerstone of continuous assurance – the practice of integrating software assurance into the continuous cycle of modern software development. As a continuous assurance platform, SiB facilitates software assessment with multiple assurance tools. The new “Bring Your Own License” model allows organizations to integrate already-purchased commercial tools into their locally deployed SWAMP-in-a-Box instance.

Organizations need only to acquire a license for the commercial tools supported by SiB or use an existing license that they have acquired. The result is hassle-free continuous assessments with the tools of their choice. “Bring Your Own License” capabilities further the SWAMP’s goal of offering a one-stop continuous assurance resource for developers throughout the software development life cycle.

“We continuously receive requests from organizations who deploy SiB to add support for additional tools,” says Miron Livny, SWAMP director and chief technology officer. “In close collaboration with vendors, we work to integrate new commercial tools while maintaining the tool-neutrality of our platform. Our goal is to make the software assurance process simpler and more effective for all parties involved in the software assurance eco-system.”

While hundreds of software assurance tools are available to the development community, the SWAMP is working to maximize its impact by forging partnerships with industry-leading tool providers. Partnerships have been established with vendors such as Parasoft, Synopsys, GrammaTech, and PRQA. The SWAMP is actively seeking new partnerships with software assurance and security tool providers in both the commercial and open-source sectors.

“The vendors provide the state of the art assurance tools; we make the tools easy to run by making them a natural part of the programmer’s workflow and helping with the best configuration settings for each,” says Bart Miller, University of Wisconsin-Madison computer scientist and chief scientist for the SWAMP. “We not only help save time, but our continuous assurance platform will also help users get the maximum benefit out of their tools by doing all the configuration work up-front.”

Whether it be small businesses or individual developers, SiB gives organizations peace of mind that the tools are properly installed, maintained, and have the latest upgrades.

The SiB continuous assurance platform is freely available. It can be easily deployed, configured on local hardware, and placed behind a firewall. This allows all assessments to be run locally or with no outside connections, increasing privacy and security for organizations with sensitive and proprietary materials.

To learn more about integrating licensed software tools with SWAMP-in-a-Box, join a free webinar on Thursday, March 8 hosted by Parasoft. This webinar will provide a case-study overview of the SWAMP’s partnership with Parasoft. Register for the webinar at: https://parasoft.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_byJNglDGTz6nPIv2x_eM2g.

Vendors interested in partnering with the SWAMP project may contact Project Manager Irene Landrum at 608-316-4114 or ilandrum@morgridge.org. Developers interested in learning more about SiB can visit: https://continuousassurance.org/swamp-in-a-box/.

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.

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Contact:
Irene Landrum
Morgridge Institute for Research
608-316-4114
ilandrum@morgridge.org

 

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