Static application security testing (SAST) is the process of coding and plotting the application source code, binaries, and byte code and disclosing the vulnerabilities. In a non-functioning stage, this tool examines your application from “inside out”. They constantly and continuously monitor the code as they quickly integrate into your prevailing system, which guides to solve the security issues and facilitates the integration of the code.
This type of security testing brought into existence ever since the computer came into this world but the real change happened to expand the security in the late 1990s web applications started to evolve. When you come to know about SAST you must also know about DAST. The Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) is a part of security testing in the cycle of developing an application, as this tool inspects the vulnerabilities from “outside-in” which examines outside the code and third-party interfaces.
Why adopt Static Application Security Testing?
The ultimate aim of the SAST is to identify the bug or vulnerabilities right from the initial stages during the process of software development and helps the developers to solve the hindrance instantly without damaging the process of building. As this involves the early stages of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) it does not require code to be executed.
The developers receive instant feedback for their coding in the process of SDLC and make them shift to the next level/stage of the cycle, this helps to safeguard security-related barriers. The vital beneficiary of adopting this method as they provide a deep knowledge on how to sort and fix the issues and also to guide where exactly to fix in the code. They do not require a high level of knowledge with security domain experts.
The Static application security testing should be more consistent and delivers quality outcomes by scanning your application. This must be designed for what you (clients) demand and one should feel comfortable and easy use. It should work with different languages like Java, .net, C++, COBOL in desktop, laptops, web, tablets and mobile apps. The cloud-based static application tool there is no need for in-house hardware when against cutting down during surveillance
Let’s look briefly at the pros and cons of the SAST tool.
Pros of SAST
- Helps in Shift security left for detecting vulnerabilities
- Ensuring secure coding as it easily detects the errors while cording
- Detecting the common vulnerabilities
- Ensuring the integration for key developer tools and helps in the proceeds of CI/CD.
- Supports to scan binary codes for certain codes when needed.
Cons of SAST
Though the tool supports and has many beneficiaries they also face the technological challenges. They are
- The high number of false positives
- The time consumption is taken for a long time for detecting these vulnerabilities
- It does not cover all vulnerabilities i
- This tool can not spot out the vulnerabilities outside the application’s code as these flaws might be found in third-party interfaces.