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Are SAST Tools Glorified Grep?

Jan 15, 2020

Even with a strong architecture and design, application code can still harbor vulnerabilities. Developers can make unintentional mistakes. Teams can also take shortcuts to achieve milestones or enhanced functionalities.

Static application security testing (SAST) is a form of white box testing that discovers such vulnerabilities in an application's code. Using SAST tools to identify bugs early in the development life cycle reduces the time and cost of remediation.

This resource takes a deeper look into the common question of whether SAST tools do more than simple pattern matching—and the many types of analysis a good SAST tool can provide.


  • Compare the strengths and weaknesses of SAST tools.
  • Visualize where SAST fits into the software development process.
  • Learn about the different types of SAST tool analysis engines and how to lay the foundations for success.


Synopsys, Inc