Friday, 14 December 2012

CI is the Key for Application Security SDL integration

The more time I spent with CI (namely with TeamCity) the more my instinct is saying ‘this is how we should be delivering and automating security knowledge!'.

CI environments (namely its scheduling capabilities) could be use to:
  • Create scannable artifacts (i.e. projects, dlls, jars, etc…) for SAST engines
  • Create ‘live versions’ of the target site (in a clean and pre-populated-with-data states) for DAST engines (and pentest activities)
  • Automatically run SAST engines (like for example)
  • Run Unit-tests with further analysis
  • Trigger security actions (based on events like Git commits)
  • Trigger ‘consolidation’ analysis (for example of results from multiple tools) and publishing to results into other SDL tools (namely bug tracking systems)
  • Modify source-code (to automatically inject security guidance and fixes) – see  Fixing/Encoding .NET code in real time (in this case Response.Write) for a cool PoC
  • Inject security guidance into the application (maybe even exposing developers to it in the source code :) )
  • Create and sent reports to multiple stake-holders
  • Be the receiving end of security reports
Its the ability to create schedules and triggerable actions that is really getting me excited :)

So maybe what we (app security teams) should be doing is to start our engagements by setting up an CI environment (which would be integrated with the client’s CI environment if they had one)

This also goes to the core of the idea that "If we want to fix Security .... we have to fix Development"

In a way that is why was so I interrested in the idea of integrating IBM’s AppScan products with their Rational Jazz tools (which have a number of CI/Collaboration capabilities). In fact that is exactly what I described in my IBM AppScan 2011 post.

Isn’t it amazing that IBM and HP have all the tools needed to create a real powerful (and effective) security remediation ecosystem, but just can’t do it for cultural and political reasons?

And btw, OWASP is also completely MIA in the CI field


Simon Bennetts said...

Completely agree with you on this :)

Well, apart from one thing ;)

Some of us in OWASP are targeting CI - thats a key place I see ZAP fitting in and we're doing a lot of work related to this right now.

Michael Hidalgo said...

What is your perspective/ideas about code reviews and Test Driven Development? While Continuous integration is a key player in the SLD, Codereview tools and methodologies like TDD are a good options as well.

David Campbell said...


This is spot on. I would love to see some OWASP projects evolve to develop scanning tools as CI plugins. A good example for RoR is

Now a brakeman type scanner for node.js would sure be interesting :)