- API Penetration Testing
SAST Toolkit


In our blog we looked at 10 Open-Source Tools For iOS Security Assessment. Based on reader responses, this time, our team decided to weigh up a significant number of competing static application security testing (SAST) tools for PCI DSS and MAS.

We vetted a fairly large cross-section of publicly accessible SAST software, considering their relative merits, to arrive at a short list of top-10 tools. These are the tools that met all of our selection criteria and finally made that shortlist:

The List

1. Sonar Qube

SonarQube is a popular tool designed to provide DevSecOps teams with the instantaneous feedback required to remediate their source code on a continuous basis. This open-source SAST platform blends seamlessly into the workflow and creates an enabling environment for developers to deliver cleaner and safer code much faster than before. The tool allows effective oversight of the mobile app development process. So, teams can pin down bugs and fix security vulnerabilities early on in the production cycle and create a consistent user experience. Most importantly, Sonar Qube helps developers ensure the apps are in line with security and privacy mandates (e.g., SOC 2, PCI-DSS, GDPR, CCPA) and avoid hefty penalties for non-compliance.

2. Checkmarx SAST

Checkmarx SAST (CxSAST) is an analysis tool with a very degree of accuracy when it comes to identifying and resolving critical code execution vulnerabilities in a timely manner. Besides, this high-speed fully automated solution is capable of tracking and fixing technical and logical flaws in the code that could otherwise result in exploitable vulnerabilities. Not surprisingly, Checkmarx SAST, an open-source tool, is widely used in the DevSecOps workflow to scan source code early in the SDLC to remediate hard-to-find vulnerabilities and compliance issues. At the same time, the tool helps accelerate code delivery, overall, and supports 25+ coding and scripting languages and frameworks.

3. Veracode

Veracode SAST is an automated open-source app security solution built specifically keeping in mind the requirements of DevSecOps practitioners for highly accurate results, minus false positives - all in real time. Veracode relays precise details about where in the application code the vulnerability is located. Therefore, it is easier for development teams to quickly reach across and fix the same before it's too late. What's more, it can analyse an entire application rapidly and flawlessly, thus taking much of the pain out of the secure app creation process.

4. NodeJsScan

DevSecsOps professionals looking for a static analysis tool specifically targeting security flaws in NodeJs applications ought to give this a try. NodejsScan, an open-source tool for SAST, can be easily set up to work with existing development processes and tools to enable continuous SAST on NodeJs apps. Based on pre-defined security rules, the tool identifies and helps remedy six broad classes of vulnerabilities that codebases are typically prone to. In the process, it serves as a cool tool that developers can leverage to build good XML. NodeJsScan package includes a web-based interface, docker image (containing application code, libraries, tools etc.), Python API as well as a CLI.

5. Snyk

An open-source code-securing platform, Snyk "bakes" in tough security policies into DevSecsOps practice. This SAST tool returns real-time scan results for code security. That's not all. The scans are 10-50 times faster than other solutions. The platform also performs a semantic analysis of the programming code to detect security flaws that might be passed over by simpler tools. On the whole, Snyk boosts developers' confidence and makes quality software happen faster.

6. WhiteSource Bolt

Using WhiteSource Bolt, a lightweight free application, DevSecOps teams can generate automated up-to-the-minute reports on vulnerabilities in software projects. The open-source app is custom-built to natively integrate with Azure DevOps and further on with the Azure cloud computing service. The app's built-in policies make the developers' job a lot easier by prioritizing security issues based on their severity and enabling their resolution on an urgent basis. The SAST tool also details the potential impact of each vulnerability, based on which developers can settle for the most optimal remedial measure in the circumstance.

7. Reshift

This SAST tool is expressly built to run vulnerability scans on any given set of executable software codes in DevSecOps environments with little or no friction. It integrates almost invisibly with web-based collaborative platforms, like GitHub, Bitbucket, and Gitlab, without weighing down the "build-test-deploy" process in any way. The tool also presents developers with a list of suggested fixes to pick from. Reshift allows development teams to configure security settings policies and set security levels from moderate to high. Any software build that exceeds a certain security threshold is invariably marked as "failed." Reshift is free for open-source projects and supports programming languages like Java and JavaScript.

8. Fortify

Compared to its peers, it takes a little more time and effort to inlay this tool in the SDLC. Even so, this SAST tool more than makes up for that tiny little inconvenience by way of its performance. Not only does the tool scan all information superfast, but it also delivers vulnerability information to developers promptly and in a very intuitive format. The DevSecOps team can then sift out false positives manually from this automated report without difficulty. At any point of time, it is possible to trace security issues all the way back to their point of origin. Fortify supports as many 25 languages.

9. Contrast

The Contrast Application Security Platform establishes native connectivity with DevSecOps tools and workflows to meet security requirements across the SDLC.
Furthermore, its strong embedded protection capabilities shield the application from runtime threats even after they are deployed. The fully automated open-source SAST tool is capable of accurately spotting vulnerabilities in applications and APIs as well as employing re-scans to verify whether or not the security issue in question has been effectively plugged. Above all, Contrast enables security scanning without specialized cybersecurity expertise. The tool supports a wide variety of programming languages and various integration partners.

10. AppScan

AppScan (from IBM) is a kind of one-stop for most (if not all) critical application security testing requirements, thus eliminating the pain of moving back and forth between multiple SAST tools. The AppScan Extension fits like a glove to the DevSecOps environment and runs automatic tests to lay bare critical vulnerabilities. Having surfaced the security issues, AppScan proceeds to identify and deliver the most optimal remedies that make business sense to be put into effect immediately. The tool is free for open-source projects.

Many of the above tools are open-source, so you can modify, reuse, and share them as you feel fit. A few of these are commercial tools, but free for open-source/public repository projects.

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Signing off for now. And catch you soon. Until then, bye.
Sergey Khariuk
Cyberlands, Co-founder & chief technical officer