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Re: tools to scan source code
From: Stefano Zanero <zanero () elet polimi it>
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 10:47:01 +0200

Hi Kish,

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

Stefano :), you must see Security Forest's page which
says RATS can audit C,C++,Perl,PHP & Python source
code.(http://www.securityforest.com/wiki/index.php/Category:Source_Code_Scanners)

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
injection.

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

Stefano

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