Synopsys Makes Updates to its Seeker Runtime Security Analysis Tool

Application Testing
Posted 8/8/2016 5:09:05 PM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

Synopsys Makes Updates to its Seeker Runtime Security Analysis Tool
Synopsys has released the latest version of its Seeker runtime security analysis solution. Seeker analyzes web application code and data flows at runtime using a technique known as an Interactive Application Security Testing (IAST), which detects and confirms exploitable security vulnerabilities and provides insight that allows developers to address their root causes. The Seeker 3.8 release includes improvements to its security analysis, usability and technology support.

One of the most notable updates to Seeker 3.8 is the ability to detect known vulnerabilities in web applications' open source and third-party software components through an integration with Synopsys' Protecode Supply Chain (SC) technology. Seeker 3.8 automatically scans target web application binaries and produces a list of the detected open source and third-party dependencies (also known as a software bill of materials), a list of known vulnerabilities affecting its components, and pertinent software license attributes. This feature provides coverage for "A9 – Using Components with Known Vulnerabilities," one of the OWASP Top 10 most critical web application security flaws.

Seeker 3.8 also includes several updates to improve its ease of use and ease of deployment, making it more flexible and easier to adopt across a variety of enterprise development and testing environments. The release also adds support for MongoDB and PHP 7, extending its utility to a wider range of web applications and services.

Seeker and the other tools in Synopsys' Software Integrity Platform are used to facilitate "software signoff," an integrated development and testing methodology that aims to ensure software quality and security. The signoff involves a series of automated testing cycles at critical points throughout the software development lifecycle and software supply chain.

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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