Software Composition Analysis (SCA)


Software composition analysis runs at the roots of both software modules and libraries. These tools find common flaws. It also finds bugs in popular components, such as open-source. In addition, the issues in-house customized modules won’t be found in SCA. Furthermore, SCA analysis can find bugs in the early stages of development for the open-source libraries used in your application.

SCA tools are used to find flaws in popular components. They run by comparing a list of known bugs in the code. Components with identified and reported bugs are found in the SCA tools. It can also tell you whether you are using are out of date or whether fixes are available.

Almost all SCA tools use popular bugs. It checks the (CVE) NIST National Vulnerability Database as a source of documented bugs to allow this comparison. Many SCA commercial products use VulnDB as a source. It also uses certain other public sources. SCA tools can run with source, byte, binary, or hybrid code.

Why do you need to use a Software Composition Analysis tool?

Open sources are important parts of computing in every field. You can monitor your app’s open-source parts by using SCA tools. It is vital for performance and security. SCA tools are one kind of AppSec solution. It can help to keep track of open source components. It can also detect software licenses. SCA in itself is not new, but the growing adoption of open source over the past few years has made it a key pillar of application security programs. As a result, SCA tools have proliferated.

Why is Software Composition Analysis (SCA) important?

Modern software is increasingly made up of open-source code. Open source code has been estimated to account for up to 90% of the app’s code composition. Of course, not all applications are open source. Indeed, the fact that apps from various code blocks need to be secured is noteworthy.