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Summary: CAST AIP 8.3.3 introduces a number of features and changes as listed below. To view the impacts of these changes on analysis results, see: Changes in results post upgrade.

Technology support changes

Please see Technology coverage changes in CAST AIP 8.3.x for more detailed discussion of this subject.

Installation and deployment

Renamed WAR files

Continuing with the dashboard re-naming modifications made in CAST AIP 8.3.2 (see Changes or new features - 8.3.2), the WAR files have now been renamed as follows:

Previous nameNew name
CAST-AAD.warCAST-Health.war
CAST-AED.warCAST-Engineering.war
CAST-AAD-AED.warCAST-Health-Engineering.war

Please ensure that you take note of this and modify any WAR deployment routines you may have. See also:

SAML authentication mode

The following CAST AIP web applications now support user authentication over SAML:

Supported Platforms

Windows Server 2016 is now supported for use with CAST AIP, CAST Delivery Manager Tool and CAST dashboards. Please see Supported Platforms for more information.

Windows Server 2016 is only supported by CAST when installed in Desktop Experience mode(i.e. with a GUI).

Upgrade - removal of the CAST Update Tool (CUT)

The CAST Update Tool (CUT.exe) and its command line counterpart (CUT-CLI.exe) have been removed from the CAST AIP setup and are no longer installed. All upgrade actions are to be performed with CAST Server Manager or the upgrade batch file.

CastGlobalSettings.ini

The CastGlobalSettings.ini file has been cleaned up to remove references to an obsolete environment variable "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\". This has been replaced with the variable "%PROGRAMDATA%". There is no impact to end users.

Engineering Dashboard

Risk Model colour

The colour used for the Risk Model view and tile has changed from red to yellow:

Critical Violation icon

The Critical Violation toggle icon has been redesigned - there is no change to the behaviour of this toggle icon. See Engineering Dashboard for more information.

 

Change Language option

Improvements have been made to the Change Language option:

  • To view a new language in the Change Language option, it is now only necessary to define a new locale folder and a translation file. The dashboard will automatically detect the locale and offer the language.
  • Language change is specific to the browser. Therefore if the browser cache is emptied, the language will reset to whatever the default is.
  • Ability to set a default language now added to the ced.json file.

See:

Note only English (en_US) and Chinese (zh_CN) are supported locales. All other locales that are added will not be displayed.

Health Dashboard

New columns for drill down from tiles

The columns displayed when drilling down from Health Measure tiles, Top Critical Rules, Technologies Overview tiles have been redesigned:

It is now also possible to force the "% Compliance" column to display "% Failed". See HD - Dashboard wide configuration options in json in the app-navigation.json section.

Change Language option

The top user menu now has an additional drop down menu item called "Change Language". This allows a user to change the language of the text items in the dashboard, providing an administrator has configured the language:

 

  • To view a new language in the Change Language option, it is only necessary to define a new locale folder and a translation file. The dashboard will automatically detect the locale and offer the language.
  • Language change is specific to the browser. Therefore if the browser cache is emptied, the language will reset to whatever the default is.
  • Ability to set a default language is managed in the cmp.json file.

See:

Note only English (en_US) and Chinese (zh_CN) are supported locales. All other locales that are added will not be displayed.

User Input Security (dataflow)

Improvements to the User Input Security feature have been added in this release.

Security for Java extension

A new extension called Security for Java is available for download and installation - this extension automatically generates JEE specific bytecode (also known as "CASTIL") for the User Input Security feature. It provides more accurate results than the bytecode that was previously generated by the analyzer and CAST highly recommends that this extension is used if you are intending to perform User Input Security checks as part of your source code analysis.

Automatic Blackboxing

The User Input Security feature will now automatically generate blackbox methods on the fly during the analysis process for all methods which do not have a body, i.e. all code that is deemed to be "external" to the application boundary. This includes the majority of assemblies for which no source code can be found (framework assemblies, third-party JARs/assemblies, internal frameworks without source code etc.). It is still possible to manually create blackbox methods if necessary.

Improved Common Weakness Enumeration support

The following CWE are now supported:

  • Trust Boundary Violation (CWE-501)
  • Sensitive Cookie in HTTPS Session Without 'Secure' Attribute (CWE-614)
  • Use of hard-coded credential (java, C#, VB.Net languages) (CWE-798)

CAST Management Studio

CLI

PurgeVersion

A new option called PurgeVersion has been added to enable you to automate the deletion of a Version who's extracted source code has already been deleted, i.e. the version is present in the "Delivery without source code" section of the CAST Management Studio GUI. See Automating CAST Management Studio tasks for more information.

CAST Delivery Manager Tool

New Package Alerts tab

The CAST Delivery Manager Tool now has a new tab called Package Alerts that is present for some package types:

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This tab contained three panels:

  • Packaging alerts > was previously available in the Package Content tab. An ignore button has been added enabling you to ignore an alert (the ignored alert will be listed in the new panel Any alert to ignore?
  • Any alert to ignore? > this is a new panel not previously available. It lists all alerts that have been manually ignored from the Packaging Alerts tab.
  • Any manual remediations to apply for alerts? > was previously available in the Package Configuration tab

See also How do I fine-tune my Version in Onboarding an Application in CAST AIP.

CAST Architecture Checker

Checking links to objects outside the application boundary

Architecture Checker can report violations between two Layers even when objects inside the targeted Layer not only are external, but also belong to a module external to the Application being checked. The only constraint is that the objects inside the Layer from which the Dependency towards the targeted Layer is issued, must belong to a module internal to the Application. For example, it is possible to check for links which reach objects belonging to a .NET assembly outside of the Application boundary, provided these links start from objects in a module which is internal to the Application (even though these latter objects can be external). 

CLI

The CAST Architecture Checker now has a CLI mode that can be used to run a check model action (equivalent to the same action in the GUI). See Automating CAST Architecture Checker tasks for more information.

CAST Transaction Configuration Center

Change to the way non-contributing End Points are handled

To avoid having empty transactions, if a transaction has non-contributing End Points then their DET value is considered as a contribution to the transaction.  In previous releases of CAST AIP some of these End Points had a DET value of 0 , and as a consequence these transactions were considered as empty. 

To avoid this situation, starting from CAST AIP 8.3.3, where transactions ONLY have non-contributing End Points, the minimum DET of the transaction is set to 1. The impact of this is that after upgrade to CAST AIP 8.3.3, some of the transactions which were empty before may now become valid. This can happen with the predefined list of End Points delivered in CAST AIP, when the following End Points are reached and they are the only one reached by the transaction:

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CAST System Views

Two previously undocumented CAST System Views (CSV) for the Dashboard Service schema have now been documented. Please see CAST System Views - Dashboard Service for more information:

  • CSV_OBJECTS_STATUSES
  • CSV_VIOLATION_STATUSES 

In addition, both CAST System Views listed above contained column names that had typographical errors. These typographical errors have been fixed by adding new columns spelt correctly. The existing column names containing the spelling errors will remain and are now deprecated, therefore, please update any scripts or queries that use the existing column names:

  • CSV_OBJECTS_STATUSES
    • SNAPHOT_ID replaced by SNAPSHOT_ID
    • OBEJCT_TECHNO_TYPE_ID replaced by OBJECT_TECHNO_TYPE_ID
  • CSV_VIOLATION_STATUSES
    • SNAPHOT_ID replaced by SNAPSHOT_ID
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