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Synopsys vs. GitLab

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Summary

Synopsys owns a portfolio of several scanning tools, including Coverity (SAST), Black Duck (SCA), Seeker (IAST), Defensics (Fuzzing), and recently acquired Tinfoil (DAST).

  • BlackDuck does Software Composition Analysis (SCA) including dependency scanning, container scanning, and license management.

  • Coverity for SAST includes spell-checker-like capability with an IDE plug-in that alerts the developer to vulnerable phrases as they code. It also has a dashboard that pulls in IAST from Seeker for a unified view. Coverity covers 20 programming languages. Our research indicates that Coverity costs around $12k USD per year for 5 users.

  • Seeker for IAST employs an agent to test the application for vulnerabilities. It is used during functional testing so that security tests are done in the normal course of other testing. Seekers has an API to integrate with Dev IDEs. Seeker works with Java/all JVM languages. Seeker is only available on premise.

Comparison to GitLab

Although Synopsys can integrate with IDE's and DevOps tools via the API, complete testing coverage requires multiple software licenses and a heavy integration and maintenance effort. GitLab Ultimate automatically includes a full suite of broad security scanning with every code commit. GitLab's scan results are provided to the developer inline in their Merge Requests with no integration required.

GitLab security scanning includes not only SAST but also DAST, Container and Dependency scanning, License Compliance scanning, and Secrets detection. All of these are included in GitLab Ultimate and integrated directly into the developer's workflow. Finding vulnerabilities is only the beginning. Delivering those findings to the developer for immediate remediation is key to shifting left to reduce both cost and risk.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  GitLab Synopsys
Strengths   •     Licensing and management is much simpler as it is all included in a single tool
  •     No special integration is required to surface vulnerabilities as part of development’s regular MR workflow
  •     Widespread recognition as a security testing leader by Gartner and across the industry
  •     Strong managed services offering for customers who are looking to outsource their security scanning
  •     Polaris Software Integrity Platform provides a single console to manage all of Synopsys’ testing products
  •     Good integration with IDEs and local developer environments
Weaknesses   •     GitLab is much newer to the security testing space and does not yet have the feature depth or market recognition held by Synopsys
  •     No managed services offering
  •     Poor visualization of vulnerabilities and limited fix recommendations
  •     Each kind of testing is a separate piece of software that must be licensed and integrated with the DevOps lifecycle separately
  •     Professional services engagements are pushed by sales and can be costly for customers

Feature Lineup

  GitLab Synopsys
SAST
DAST recently acquired a startup
IAST  
SCA: Vulnerability Scanning
SCA: Open Source Audit
Fuzz Testing
FEATURES

Static Application Security Testing

GitLab allows easily running Static Application Security Testing (SAST) in CI/CD pipelines; checking for vulnerable source code or well known security bugs in the libraries that are included by the application. Results are then shown in the Merge Request and in the Pipeline view. This feature is available as part of Auto DevOps to provide security-by-default.

Learn more about Static Application Security Testing

supports 20 languages
supports 18 languages

Secret Detection

GitLab allows you to perform Secret Detection in CI/CD pipelines; checking for unintentionally committed secrets and credentials. Results are then shown in the Merge Request and in the Pipeline view. This feature is available as part of Auto DevOps to provide security-by-default.

Learn more about Secret Detection

Dependency Scanning

GitLab automatically detects well known security bugs in the libraries that are included by the application, protecting your application from vulnerabilities that affect dependencies that are used dynamically. Results are then shown in the Merge Request and in the Pipeline view. This feature is available as part of Auto DevOps to provide security-by-default.

Learn more about Dependency Scanning

Container Scanning

When building a Docker image for your application, GitLab can run a security scan to ensure it does not have any known vulnerability in the environment where your code is shipped. Results are then shown in the Merge Request and in the Pipeline view. This feature is available as part of Auto DevOps to provide security-by-default.

Learn more about container scanning

Dynamic Application Security Testing

Once your application is online, GitLab allows running Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) in CI/CD pipelines; your application will be scanned to ensure threats like XSS or broken authentication flaws are not affecting it. Results are then shown in the Merge Request and in the Pipeline view. This feature is available as part of Auto DevOps to provide security-by-default.

Learn more about application security for containers

Interactive Application Security Testing

IAST combines elements of static and dynamic application security testing methods to improve the overall quality of the results. IAST typically uses an agent to instrument the application to monitor library calls and more. GitLab does not yet offer this feature.

License Compliance

Check that licenses of your dependencies are compatible with your application, and approve or deny them. Results are then shown in the Merge Request and in the Pipeline view.

Learn more about License Compliance

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