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Summary: This section describes the predefined Environment Profiles supplied with the CAST AIP and the custom Environment Profiles that can be created where required. Environment Profiles can only be managed with the legacy CAST Management Studio.

Introduction

Environment Profiles are a set of predefined (by CAST) or custom configuration settings that can be included in an analysis:

Predefined Environment Profiles

CAST provides one predefined Environment Profile for the Visual Basic technology that is applied to an analysis automatically. This predefined Environment Profile provides parametrization support for commonly used Visual Basic methods so that the analyzer can correctly identify links that are created with these methods:

Custom Environment Profiles

A custom Environment Profile can be particularly useful where you have several Analysis Units (for example a large project that has been split) that rely on the same specific settings. By creating a custom Environment Profile that defines these settings, you avoid having to configure each Analysis Unit with the same settings - instead you simply include the custom Environment Profile at Application or Analysis Unit level using the Custom Environment Profile option. When the analysis is run, the settings in the Environment Profile are taken into account.

For Visual basic, it is possible to create Environment Profiles as follows:

  • Parametrization support for custom Visual Basic methods
Note that you can apply multiple custom Visual Basic Environment Profiles to an analysis.

Managing custom Environment Profiles

If you want to create new custom Environment Profiles, you need to use the Environment Profile Manager in CAST Management Studio. This can be accessed from the Analysis tab in the Application or Analysis Unit:

The Profile Manager will then launch:

  • The left hand section displays a collapsible list of any Predefined or existing Custom Environment Profiles listed by technology, then by profile name. If this the first time you have used the Environment Profile dialog box, then this section will only contain the CAST AIP predefined profiles - they will be grayed out. If you have already created profiles then you can expand the list and select the profile you want to modify or delete.
  • The right hand section provides the means to define new profiles and get access to existing profiles for modification and deletion purposes.

Creating a custom profile

After clicking the  icon next to VB Environment Profile, a new screen will be displayed enabling you to define a name for the Environment Profile and add the custom methods you require for parametrization:

  • Enter a name for the Environment Profile. Choose a name that is easily recognizable as this name will be displayed in the left hand collapsible list and will be used when you add the Environment Profile at Application or Analysis Unit level.
  • You then need to define your custom method rules and the action that the analyzer needs to undertake when the method in question is encountered during an analysis.

The parametrization process is complex and as such a much more detailed explanation of the configuration process can be found in the CAST Management Studio product help.

Briefly:

  • Click the  icon to create a new parametrization rule - the Add/Edit Rule dialog box will be displayed.
  • You can add as many Methods as you want (click the  icon again).
  • You can use the  button to make an identical copy of a selected Method
  • You can use the  button to remove a selected Method an its parameterization

To apply the settings, make sure you click the Apply button. If you want to clear the entire window and revert to the default settings, click the Restore button.

Enabling custom Environment Profiles

Use the following options in the Analysis tab at Application/Analysis Unit level to select a custom Environment Profile you have created (click to enlarge):

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