Synopsys Static Analysis Tool (Coverity)

Synopsys Static Analysis (Coverity®) is an accurate and comprehensive static analysis and Static Application Security Testing (SAST) platform that finds critical defects and security weaknesses in code as it’s written.

Product overview

Synopsys Static Analysis (Coverity) helps reduce risk and lower overall project cost by identifying critical quality defects and potential security vulnerabilities during development and providing reliable, actionable remediation guidance based on patented techniques, a decade of research and development, and analysis of over 10 billion lines of proprietary and open source code.

Coverity GUI

Actionable remediation guidance enables developers to address potential security vulnerabilities quickly.

Key features

Depth and accuracy of analysis

  • Synopsys Static Analysis integrates seamlessly with any build system and generates a high-fidelity representation of the source code to gain a deep understanding of its behavior.
  • Synopsys Static Analysis provides full path coverage, ensuring that every line of code and every potential execution path is tested. It uses multiple patented techniques for deep, accurate analysis.
  • Through a deep understanding of the source code and the underlying frameworks, Synopsys Static Analysis provides highly accurate analysis results so developers do not waste time on a large volume of false positives. This enables them to build security into the development life cycle effectively.

Speed and scale of analysis

Synopsys Static Analysis was built from the ground up to fit into any existing workflow, with the following capabilities:
  • Parallel analysis allows Synopsys Static Analysis to run on up to 16 cores simultaneously and delivers up to a 10X performance improvement over serial analysis.
  • Fast Desktop Analysis and Incremental Analysis accelerate analysis by reanalyzing only code that has changed or been affected by a change, instead of the entire codebase each time. File system capture enables analysis of uncompiled code without having to do a full build first.
  • Synopsys Static Analysis scales to accommodate thousands of developers in geographically distributed environments and can analyze projects with more than 100 million lines of code with ease.

Software development life cycle (SDLC) integration

  • Synopsys Static Analysis can be rapidly integrated with critical tools and systems that support the development process, such as source control management, build and continuous integration, bug tracking, and application life cycle management (ALM) solutions, as well as integrated development environments (IDEs).
  • The open platform allows developers to import third-party analysis results into the workflow to view and manage all types of defects in the same way, with a single view of software defects and risks.

Efficient issue management and remediation

  • With Coverity Connect, the platform’s collaborative issue management interface, developers get actionable information and precise remediation guidance, which shows them the right way to fix a defect and the best place in the code to fix it without requiring deep security domain expertise.
  • Coverity Connect provides source code navigation to highlight the exact path to a defect and automatically identify every occurrence of the defect across shared code.
  • Defects can be automatically assigned to the appropriate developer for resolution, and users can quickly view all outstanding security, OWASP Top 10, CWE, and PCI-related issues.

Coverity Policy Manager, users can easily monitor and report on statuses, risks, and trends.

Ability to drive adoption and mitigate risk

With Coverity Policy Manager, you can define and enforce consistent standards for code security as well as quality and testing across development teams. It provides visibility into which teams, projects, and components are compliant with these standards and can create measurable stage gates based on predefined criteria regarding defects and testing. Using customizable views, you can select development metrics and thresholds that align with specific objectives for embedded, enterprise, and mobile applications.

Expanded standards compliance and vulnerability detection

Coverity Extend is an easy-to-use software development kit (SDK) that allows developers to detect unique defect types. The SDK is a framework for writing program analyzers, or checkers, to identify custom or domain-specific defects. Coverity CodeXM is a domain-specific functional programming language that enables developers to develop their own custom checkers easily. These customized checkers support compliance with corporate security requirements and industry standards or guidelines.

Supported languages and frameworks

  • C/C++
  • C#
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Objective-C
  • JSP

  • Node.js
  • Ruby
  • Android
  • Swift
  • Fortran
  • Scala
  • VB.NET
  • iOS

Supported platforms

  • Windows
  • AIX
  • Linux

  • HP-UX
  • Mac OS X
  • NetBSD

  • Solaris
  • FreeBSD

SDLC integration


  • Accurev
  • Apache Subversion (SVN)
  • CVS
  • Git
  • Mercurial (Hg)
  • Perforce Helix
  • Team Foundation Server SCM


  • Android Studio
  • Eclipse
  • IBM Rational Team Concert
  • IntelliJ IDEA, Webstorm, RubyMine, PhpStorm, PyCharm
  • Jenkins
  • MS Visual Studio
  • QNX Momentics
  • Team Foundation Server
  • Wind River Workbench

Issue Tracking

  • JIRA
  • Bugzilla

Supported compilers

  • ARM C/C++
  • Borland C++
  • CEVA-XC4500
  • Clang
  • Cosmic C
  • Freescale CodeWarrior
  • GNU GCC/G++
  • Green Hills C/C++/EC++
  • HP aCC
  • IAR C/C++
  • Intel C++
  • JDK for Mac OS X
  • Keil compilers
  • Marvell MSA
  • OpenJDK
  • QNX C/C++
  • Renesas C/C++
  • SNC C/C++
  • SNC GNU C/C++
  • Sony ORBIS SDK
  • Sony PS4
  • STMicroelectronics GNU C/C++
  • STMicroelectronics ST Micro C/C++
  • Sun (Oracle) CC
  • Sun/Oracle JDK
  • Synopsys MetaWare C and C++
  • TASKING for ARM Cortex
  • TI Code Composer
  • Visual Studio
  • VisualDSP++
  • Wind River C/C++


(This list is not exclusive)

Critical Checks

  • API usage errors
  • Best practice coding errors
  • Build system issues
  • Buffer overflows
  • Class hierarchy inconsistencies
  • Code maintainability issues
  • Concurrent data access violations
  • Control flow issues
  • Cross-site scripting (XSS)
  • Cross-site request forgery (CSRF)
  • Deadlocks
  • Error handling issues
  • Hard-coded credentials
  • Incorrect expression
  • Integer handling issues
  • Integer overflows
  • Insecure data handling
  • Memory—corruptions
  • Memory—illegal accesses
  • Null pointer dereferences
  • Path manipulation
  • Performance inefficiencies
  • Program hangs
  • Race conditions
  • Resource leaks
  • Rule violations
  • Security best practices violations
  • Security misconfigurations
  • SQL injection
  • Uninitialized members

Synopsys is also proud to serve the open source community with more than 4,000 projects currently using our free Coverity Scan, including Linux, Python, PostgreSQL, Firefox, OpenSSL, Perl, Apache Hadoop, and many more.