Category Archives: Software Assurance

SWAMP is at OSCON 2017!

If you are in Austin, TX this week for OSCON 2017, the SWAMP Team wants to see you! If you still need to register for the conference, use our discount code, SWAMP25, to save 25% on your admission.

Visit the Software Assurance Marketplace in Booth #518 on May 10th and 11th! We will be demoing our new plug-ins along with the newest features in SWAMP-in-a-Box.

Several SWAMP team members will also be giving presentations during the conference:

Read more about the SWAMP’s activities here.

OSCON 2017 Exhibiting Banner

End of RHEL 6.7 Support in SWAMP

On May 15, 2017, RHEL 6.7 will be removed from the SWAMP for use as an assessment platform for C and C++ packages. CentOS and Scientific Linux will continue to be supported and can be used as a replacement for RHEL (list of supported platforms in SWAMP). Results from previous assessments using RHEL 6.7 will still be viewable. If you have concerns about this change, contact us at

SWAMP Integrates Assurance Tools into the Software Continuous Lifecycle

May 2, 2017

SWAMP integrates assurance tools into the software continuous lifecycle

Moves mark a major step toward the SWAMP’s vision of continuous assurance

AUSTIN, TX–(Marketwired – May 02, 2017) – OSCON 2017 – The Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP) is partnering with major continuous integration systems used by software developers to make software assurance a simple and intuitive element of the development process.

The SWAMP offers a suite of plug-in modules that operate within many of the leading development lifecycle tools relied upon by code developers. Those include integrated development environments (IDEs) such as Eclipse; source code repositories such as GitHub and Subversion; and continuous integration systems such as Jenkins and Travis CI.

These environments, repositories and systems are dramatically improving software developers’ ability to manage workflow through the complex steps of designing, editing, testing and deployment. Given the increased awareness of the importance of developing safe and secure software, incorporating security tools into the continuous software process will make integration that much more efficient for developers.

“We want to ensure that someone going through the continuous integration process can take the extra step of software assurance, and just make it a natural part of the flow,” says Barton Miller, chief scientist of the SWAMP and professor of computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“The goal is to fix security issues as soon as possible in the development cycle,” Miller adds. “Every security weakness fixed at the developer’s desktop has a trivial cost, but those same errors could cost millions to fix after release.”

With the push of a button, users in integrated development environment (IDEs) can start the testing process by having their code automatically packaged and sent to the SWAMP. The code will get analyzed across the multiple assurance tools hosted in the SWAMP and the results will be fed back into the IDE in a readable format, prioritizing flaws by level of severity.

Users with higher security thresholds can also run SWAMP analysis entirely in-house. Called “SWAMP-in-a-Box” (SiB), this free, self-contained version of continuous assurance capabilities can be installed on local servers or individual computers, addressing the need of organizations that must or prefer to keep their software assurance activities on premise.

The SWAMP employs federated identity management protocols, so users will not need distinct login credentials for using the SWAMP plugins.

To access the free SWAMP plugins, visit:

“Between the source code repositories, the IDEs and the integration frameworks, we have tried to cover the entire spectrum of software development,” says Miller. “There are almost no real-world projects that don’t use one or more of these systems.”

“This new suite of plugins is a major step in translating the continuous assurance vision of the SWAMP into accessible and easy-to-deploy technologies,” says SWAMP Director Miron Livny, UW-Madison computer scientist and director of core computational technology for the Morgridge Institute for Research.

Miller and colleague Dr. Elisa Heymann will present a tutorial — “Secure Coding Practices and Automated Assessment Tools” — on Monday, May 8 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the O’Reilly OSCON 2017 conference in Austin. For more information, visit:


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 an open continuous assurance technologies and a shared facility. The SWAMP is funded by the Department of Homeland Security-Science & Technology Directorate. Services include access to 30 software assurance tools, a library of more than 280 open-source code samples with known vulnerabilities to help developers improve the quality of their testing tools, and high throughput computing capacity.

For more information, visit


Barton Miller

Press Release

From Continuous Integration to Continuous Assurance

The SWAMP team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Computer Sciences department released a new whitepaper titled “From Continuous Integration to Continuous Assurance.” The paper describes how the SWAMP can be integrated into the continuous assurance workflow, including integrated development environments, source code management systems, and continuous integration systems. Read the full document here.

Citation information for the white paper is below.

MLA: Kupsch, James A., Miller, Barton P., Basupalli, Vamshi, and Burger, Josef. “From Continuous Integration to Continuous Assurance.” Continuous Software Assurance Marketplace, 13 Apr. 2017. Web. <>.

APA: Kupsch, J.A., Miller, B.P., Basupalli, V., & Burger, J. (2017, April 13). From Continuous Integration to Continuous Assurance [PDF file]. Continuous Software Assurance Marketplace. Retrieved from

SWAMP-in-a-Box Update 1.29

SWAMP-in-a-Box version 1.29 is now available for download! The latest files are on GitHub, or you can download the install files here. Noteworthy changes include:New

  • Added support for 5 new programming languages: CSS, HTML, JavaScript, PHP, and XML.
  • Addition of 9 assessment tools for web scripting languages: CSS Lint (for CSS), ESLint (for JavaScript), Flow (for JavaScript), HTML Tidy (for HTML and XML), JSHint (for JavaScript or HTML files with inline JavaScript), PHPMD (for PHP), PHP_CodeSniffer (for PHP, JavaScript, and CSS), Retire.js (for JavaScript), and XML Lint (for XML).
  • Added new versions and/or updates for the following assessment tools: Bandit, Flake8, Pylint, checkstyle, OWASP Dependency Check, error-prone, FindBugs, and PMD.
  • When adding a new package or adding a new version to an existing package, users have the option to select an archive file from the local file system or enter an external URL and a checkout argument (branch, tag, or commit) for a remote Git repository.
  • Improved error reporting for assessment failures. Successful assessment runs are no longer erroneously reported as having finished with errors. Assessments that complete with a status of “finished with errors – retry” can be re-run and should complete successfully.
  • Updated the “Status.out and Debugging SWAMP Failures” document to assist with debugging failed assessments. Failed assessments now show the contents of the status.out file at the top of the Failed Assessment Report (by clicking the “! Error” button in the Results column).
  • The names of the statuses shown on the Results page have been updated to better indicate what is happening as assessment jobs are processed.
  • Minimum hardware requirements have increased to 4 CPU cores and 16 GB of RAM.

Let us know if you have any questions at

See SWAMP at OSCON 2017

If you will be in Austin, TX this May for OSCON 2017, stop by to see the SWAMP Team! When registering for the conference, use our discount code, SWAMP25, to save 25% on your admission, and be sure to look out for the Software Assurance Marketplace in Booth #518 on May 10th and 11th!

Several SWAMP team members will be giving presentations at the conference, in addition to demoing the latest enhancements to SWAMP and SWAMP-in-a-Box!

OSCON 2017 Exhibiting Banner

SWAMP-in-a-Box Update 1.28.2

Greetings, SWAMP-in-a-Box community.

SWAMP-in-a-Box build is a security release addressing a privilege escalation vulnerability found in a pentest by Black Hills Infosec. We’d like to thank them for their thorough and professional work on behalf of the SWAMP project.

The vulnerability allows authenticated SWAMP users to obtain unauthorized administrative rights. At this time, we do not believe the vulnerability is known outside of the SWAMP team or being actively exploited, but we recommend SWAMP-in-a-Box deployers upgrade to this latest version as soon as possible. If you are unable to upgrade, you should disable any untrusted users as a temporary mitigation.

Additionally, we have updated the SWAMP-in-a-Box install/upgrade script to be tied to HTCondor version 8.4.11. Please contact us if you are currently running HTCondor version 8.6.0.

Packages for new installs can be found at (GitHub) and (SWAMP read-only server).

Instructions for upgrading can be found in

« Older Entries