Our Take on Source Code Analysis
February 4th, 2021
Source code is the basis of the websites and computer programs we develop. It is an often very lengthy series of intricate text commands that gives the computer instructions to create a desired output. That output might be this blog post, the next website you visit, or a smartphone app that helps you order lunch. When we develop custom software, we use source code to define the rules that programs will execute.
If a developer accidentally makes an error in their source code and doesn’t catch it, there’s a possibility that their program won’t perform as intended. There’s also a chance the program could fail if its code violates the specifications of its programming language. Consequently, small accidents like these can have big implications as they lead to weak spots in your programs. Vulnerabilities can cause your program to stop working – or worse – create openings for attacks.
What is Source Code Analysis?
Source code analysis is the automated or manual evaluation of software code – in any language – to reveal any problems, bugs, or other exploits made during development that may cause issues. Coretechs typically performs source code analysis on an ongoing basis for our clients. Also, we provide internal code review by multiple team members during the release process.
Why Is It Necessary?
Aside from ruling out issues within your code, another reason to perform source code analysis may be to support litigation. A client may hire Coretechs to evaluate their code with respect to another company’s work in order to determine any legal implications such as copyright infringement.
Our knowledgeable programmers are capable of analyzing source code to detect errors and rogue scripts. Additionally, our team is able to provide written reports and legal testimony to support code analysis.
For example, source code review can also be beneficial if any of these problems occur within your software:
- Viruses – malware that spreads by inserting its code into other software/programs.
- Worms – malware that spreads by copying itself from computer to computer.
- Trojan Horse – malicious software that damages your system by performing a seemingly innocent function.
- Plagiarism – the representation of another’s work without giving them credit.
- Fraud – deceptive or harmful actions performed by the perpetrator for their gain.
“Close inspection of your code can rule out any of these different types of malware. If we find any problems, we can create a gameplan on how to get rid of them quickly and efficiently.”
Gil Austin, President of Coretechs Consulting
Coretechs can perform Source Code Analysis for any programming language. Some of the popular languages we evaluate include Python, PHP, .Net, Java, native IOS and Android applications. Our team is dedicated to providing clean code and reviewing our code efficiently and carefully. To reinforce our code analysis process, we also keep a program’s longevity and security in mind. As a result, we are aware of security vulnerabilities ahead of time and can avoid known gaps in code stability.
Not only do we provide these services to clients in need, but we apply these practices to each of the web application projects we take on.
Why Choose Us?
Above all, we understand the importance of keeping your website secure and staying out of legal trouble. That’s why we apply best practice standards in everything we do. Whether you need a new Android application, or a secure WordPress website, your business’s security is a top priority for our team.
In addition to developing secure technology, we keep all projects confidential and provide the technological and infrastructural support you need to get more done.
If you need help reviewing the source code of your website or application, or if you have questions about how custom software can help your business grow, contact us.
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