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Scanning vs. manual audits of software

Security expert James Turnbull explains why he thinks scanning can't replace manual audits when it comes to detecting bugs and flaws in software.

What are some automated open source tools that can scan for flaws in software?
I am not aware of any open source tools that perform this function. All of the tools I have seen are commercial: Fortify, Coverity and Agitar.

I think is also important to note that scanning cannot totally replace manual audits. Tools can remove some of the labor involved but cannot replace human intuition in detecting and extrapolating how a bug or flaw might be exploited and/or fixed.

This was first published in August 2006

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