Computer programs function according to a source code. A source code is a set of instructions, comments, and declarations, which are devised by the creator of a program with the use of a computer programming language, such as Java, Python, etc.
The number of source codes depends on the size of a program. While a small one can use just one source code, a larger program can have hundreds and thousands of files. Source codes can be stored in a system’s database, on a hard disk or in printed form as a book.
What Is Source Code Analysis?
Before an application is sold or distributed, it’s subjected to an automated test called source code analysis. The test is also known as static code analysis, and its purpose is to check a program for any faults and bugs that might have been overlooked by the programmer. The analysis focuses on finding loopholes that might cause the application to crash or hinder the program from running smoothly.
Benefits of Source Code Analysis
For all businesses, small or large, performing a source code analysis of their applications is highly recommended. Here’s why.
Secure Software Development
All software is created in different stages. To have a more secure development process an organization should run a source code analysis at all stages. This enables developers to identify vulnerabilities during the process and to solve them right away. Source code analysis ensures a more robust product at the end.
Pinpoints Exact Locations of Errors
Source code analysis makes the remediation process faster and easier by pinpointing the exact locations of vulnerabilities in the program code. This is especially helpful in larger programs in which hundreds of faults are scanned out with every test.
The detection isolates the bug, and helps the organization save time and money in the remediation process.
Improves Coding Standards
Source code analysis can improve an organization’s coding standards and a developer’s coding ability. After performing the analysis several times on different programs, a programmer becomes familiar with common bugs and errors. This enables organizations and programmers to develop more stables applications.
Supports Cloud Language
Due to the prevalence of cloud computing, programmers have to create source codes in specific languages that are compatible with PaaS (Platform as a Service). In cloud computing, the programmer doesn’t have control over execution, validation and proprietary compilation of a program. Instead, the PaaS is responsible for all these factors. In this situation, source code analysis helps the developer identify faults and bugs in a program before it’s sold or distributed.
If you’re looking for source code analysis for your application, get in touch with Lean Security.
Along with source code analysis, we also offer other expert IT solutions including Cloud Infrastructure testing, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, and more.
You can call us at +61 (2) 8078 6952 for more information.