I'm happy to announce that we have just published a new article regarding the new function AppScan Standard integrated with Application Security on Cloud.AppScan Standard 188.8.131.52 can integrate with Application Security on Cloud (ASoC). It is now possible to upload scans and templates (SCAN or SCANT files) to Application Security on Cloud to run scans.This article will introduce how to configure and run a scan in AppScan Standard to Application Security on Cloud.
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IBM provides advance notification of End Of Support (EOS) dates allowing customers reasonable time to complete software upgrades or to refresh appliance products. To view upcoming EOS dates by product segment, click a link in the list below.
View all IBM Software EOS announcements for 2017 and 2018.
Q: What are the major Support Lifecycle milestones?
A: The major Support Lifecycle milestones are:
Q: How do you determine if your installed software is still supported?
A: Search by product name or keyword using the Supp
Q: What happens when EOS is announced?
A: Often, there is a newer version of the software available for download. In most cases, you’ll have sufficient time to plan for and install the latest version. For more information on the lifecycle stages, including EOS, view this short YouTube video on the IBM
Q: What is the standard version format for IBM Software products?
A: The full product version is expressed by a four-digit code known as the IBM Version, Release, Modification and Fix Level structure, or VRMF. View this Technote for additional information and description of each element. You may also find this Glossary of product support and maintenance terms helpful.
Q: Where can you view additional details on product updates or replacement information?
A: Using the Support Lifecycle Search, search for your product, select View for details and click the EOS announcement link to view Repl
Q: What are your options if you are unable to upgrade or refresh your current products before EOS?
A: You can request a Support Extension. Support Extensions are available for Customers who are unable to migrate to a supported version, release or appliance platform prior to EOS. For more information, visit the IBM
Q: How do you stay connected for future product announcements?
A: There are several ways to receive product announcements:
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Q: Where can you find more information on IBM Support policies?
A: You can view and download the IBM
The IBM Support Lifecycle Policy sets forth the minimum length of time IBM will provide security content and technical support for a product version and release. Click the applicable product segment link below to view the Support Lifecycle Policy.
Securing applications – whether on the Web, on mobile, or on desktop – is more important than ever. But many developers aren’t experts in security, and most existing security testing tools aren’t made for non-experts to use. IBM Security is lowering the barriers to application security testing with its new cloud-based security analysis services.
One of those services, IBM Static Analyzer, provides a simple way to scan your application code for security vulnerabilities and is now avai
Static Application Security Testing
Static Application Security Testing, or SAST, refers to security testing that is performed without actually executing the target application. Instead, the application’s source code or binaries are analyzed to look for potential vulnerabilities, such as the use of unsafe APIs or failure to properly validate untrusted data. Static analysis is a powerful testing technique because it directly identifies the underlying causes of vulnerabilities, without actually having to exploit them in the running application. IBM recommends combining SAST with Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) or Interactive Application Security Testing (IAST), to maximize the effectiveness of your testing. This blog focuses solely on SAST.
Making SAST simple
Traditionally, SAST has largely been the domain of security experts, and static analysis tools have reflected that reality. Static Analyzer marks a new approach to SAST, with a focus on making things easy.
Because Static Analyzer runs on the cloud, there’s no need for dedicated hardware and no complicated installation or configuration. Static Analyzer also simplifies the entire application testing process, from preparing the application for analysis to understanding and evaluating your results. Static Analyzer is designed to get out of the way, fitting in with the development tools you already use, and to present you with only the most relevant, actionable results.
One significant challenge with traditional SAST tools is the volume of results they produce. Many of the “issues” they find don’t actually represent exploitable vulnerabilities when the application is running in the real world. It takes time, security expertise, and knowledge of the application to figure out which of those issues need fixing, and which simply represent false positives. Static Analyzer includes a new technology called Intelligent Finding Analytics, or IFA, which combs through the results and applies machine learning to identify the findings that are most likely to represent real, actionable security issues, delivering only these most valuable results directly to developers.
Prepare, test, fix
Using Static Analyzer to secure an application involves three simple steps: Prepare, test, and fix.
To prepare your application for analysis, you need to create an intermediate representation of it, which we call an IRX file. This representation is neither the full source nor binary form of the application, but contains the information about method calls and data flow that’s required by the analysis engine to perform SAST in the cloud. It is also strongly encrypted to protect your application.
To create an IRX file, you’ll use the Static Analyzer Client Utility, which you can download the first time you use the Static Analyzer service. This lightweight utility integrates into your Maven build, Eclipse workspace, or other environments (via a command-line tool) to prepare Java applications for analysis. It automatically discovers built artifacts and creates the IRX with minimal configuration – often none at all.
Testing is as simple as dragging and dropping the IRX file into the Static Analyzer Web interface to begin the analysis. When the analysis is complete, a report is generated, listing all of the actionable issues that are discovered.
For each issue, the report includes a trace showing the vulnerable path through the application and describes the nature of the vulnerability and how to fix it. It even groups together related issues with a common fix, and suggests where that fix should go.
All of this information makes it easier for developers to understand and fix the issues identified in their applications.
Try Static Analyzer beta today
Static Analyzer is available now as a free beta on Bluemix. Currently, it supports scanning Java applications, and the Client Utility runs on Windows and Linux, with additional language and platform support to come. You can see
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The IBM Security Ethical Hacking Team has put together a video series that demonstrates attacks from each category from OWASP’s Top 10 list. Each video includes information on how to prevent these attacks and how to use automated tools to test whether attacks are possible. These videos were initially intended for IBM internal use but have now recently been made publicly available.
You can watch all 10 videos at:
To learn more about the OWASP 10 most common application attacks and how to defend against them, register for our upcoming webinar: Avoiding Application Attacks — A Guide to Preventing the OWASP Top 10 from Happening to You.
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