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Re: tools to scan source code
From: Kish Pent <kish_pent () yahoo com>
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006 04:29:57 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Stefano :)

I completely agree with your reply. I have seen your
replies in the list "it makes sense"... This one was a
bit different, but you proved your mettle ;)


--- Stefano Zanero <zanero () elet polimi it> wrote:

Hi Kish,

I realize I've been a bit too cryptic in my answer:

Stefano :), you must see Security Forest's page
says RATS can audit C,C++,Perl,PHP & Python source


Yes, RATS _can_ audit PHP source. What I was
referring to is that web
app vulnerabilities have a different structure than
the vulnerabilities
you commonly audit C source code for.

For instance, you can detect candidates for buffer
overflow (along with
a bunch of false positives) through simple regexp
pattern matching. It's
way more difficult to detect with few false
positives candidates for SQL

The fact that RATS is able to handle PHP code is not
a synonym to the
fact that it can handle web-app vulnerabilities.


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