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Static Analysis Tool Exposition (SATE) 2008



Vadim Okun, Romain Gaucher, Paul E. Black


The NIST SAMATE project conducted the first Static Analysis Tool Exposition (SATE) in 2008 to advance research in static analysis tools that find security defects in source code. The main goals of SATE were to enable empirical research based on large test sets and to encourage improvement and speed adoption of tools. The exposition was planned to be an annual event. Briefly, participating tool makers ran their tool on a set of programs. Researchers led by NIST performed a partial analysis of tool reports. The results and experiences were reported at the Static Analysis Workshop in Tucson, AZ, in June, 2008. The tool reports and analysis were made publicly available in early 2009. This special publication consists of the following papers. "Review of the First Static Analysis Tool Exposition (SATE 2008)" by Vadim Okun, Romain Gaucher, and Paul E. Black, describes the SATE procedure, provides observations based on the data collected, and critiques the exposition, including the lessons learned that may help future expositions. Paul Anderson's "Commentary on CodeSonar's SATE Results" has comments by one of the participating tool makers. Steve Christey presents his experiences in analysis of tool reports and discusses the SATE issues in "SATE Lessons Learned and Future Directions".
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 500-279
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Software security, static analysis tools, security weaknesses, vulnerability


Okun, V. , Gaucher, R. and Black, P. (2009), Static Analysis Tool Exposition (SATE) 2008, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 20, 2024)


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Created June 22, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017