HCL AppScan

HCL AppScan
Formerly from IBM

HCL AppScan


What is HCL AppScan?

AppScan (formerly Rational AppScan) is an application security testing solution acquired by HCL Technologies from IBM in late 2018. Appscan supports both dynamic (DAST) and static (SAST) application security testing.
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What is HCL AppScan?

AppScan (formerly Rational AppScan) is an application security testing solution acquired by HCL Technologies from IBM in late 2018. Appscan supports both dynamic (DAST) and static (SAST) application security testing.

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What is HCL AppScan?

AppScan (formerly Rational AppScan) is an application security testing solution acquired by HCL Technologies from IBM in late 2018. Appscan supports both dynamic (DAST) and static (SAST) application security testing.

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Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
This application helps to perform Dynamic Application Scan, in which the HCL AppScan dynamically navigates through the site and finds any vulnerabilities or fixes that can be done to prevent any future attack. The best thing about this application is the variety of configurations we can do depending on the scenario and the ping capacity.
  • Test the application
  • Explore the application for vulnerabilities
  • Runs automatic scans
  • It can have a FAQ session in the Application itself.
  • It can recommend the fix for the error that occurred during the scan.
  • Like its storing multiple manuals explore, It should have the capability of storing multiple logins.
I would say that HCL AppScan is very simple to understand and use since it uses a user-friendly interface and the terminologies that are used in the interface of the application is very clear. We can automate a scan with any third party like Jenkins. The fact, I don't like is the time takes to execute the application, it should be better.
Brandon R Hudson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
For years I have compared it with products from other companies and free products, but to be honest, the test patterns have become commoditized and I don't think there is a big difference in any product. In addition, the report can be shared with development members, leading to problem-solving.
  • Programming function.
  • Vulnerability diagnostic report.
  • I think it is convenient to be able to diagnose vulnerabilities regularly with the scheduling function.
  • The functions you want, the points that are difficult to understand.
  • Issues presented in the vulnerability diagnostic report may not be fully explained and not well understood.
  • You may think it is very basic and natural, "diagnose screen after login" "diagnose according to input transition ⇒ confirmation ⇒ completion" but to do all this, you need regular expressions, and macros, there are many products that require you to write scripts.
Web applications these days have evolved too much and have become extremely complex. With AppScan, the configuration can be done through the GUI by using functions such as "login management" and "multi-step operation". To be honest, there are some parts of these functions that are difficult to understand, but I think we have to wait for more for the arrival of AI.
November 07, 2021

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Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
HCL AppScan provides mobile application scan with predefined templates integration with common code repositories supported Supports 13+ languages including C/C++, COBOL, ColdFusion, Java™ , Android, JSP, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, PL/SQL/T-SQL, C#, ASP.NET, and VB.NET on the other hand, it requires upfront planning for setup and configuration the recording of the application is crucial to have valuable test completion There is quite a complex list of supported browsers May be resource intensive which can cause long run-times for dynamic scans the application crashes sometimes
  • learns behavior of each application to test application-specific vulnerabilities
  • Provides mobile application scan with predefined templates
  • simplify the upfront planning for configuration
  • improves the resource management to prevent from crashes and timeout
strengths : identifies Static and Dynamic Security vulnerabilities, has IDE plugins for ease of use like VS Plugin, Eclipse Plugin, IntelliJ, etc
Challenges : support build of code files prior to scan, offers limited static analysis features for data identification and runtime data tracking
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
HCL AppScan (formerly from IBM) is an application security solution that helps my team to review security flaws and bugs in developing applications. HCL AppScan is a source code analysis tool usually known as Static Application Security Testing (SAST) Tool. The solution is well-engineered and is rated among the leaders in the market. It helped my team reduce errors and ensure we followed security best practices in our software development cycle.
  • Vulnerability reporting
  • Static code analysis
  • Remediation
  • DevSecOps
  • Reduce number of false poitives
  • Add automation tools to reduce manual effort
  • improve user experience
  • prepare dynamic dashboards
HCL AppScan (formerly from IBM) is well suited for reducing security flaws in my team's secure code development. The software identifies a lot of issues automatically which helps us reduce delivery time and prevent security breaches. HCL AppScan (formerly from IBM) lacks innovation and automation functionalities, while other tools offer artificial intelligence-driven analysis that helps the team reduce time and money. Also, there is a need to reduce false-positives generated by the solution
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use IBM AppScan as part of our overall vulnerability management program. These assessments are in depth and use several tools, AppScan being the tool we use to look for application vulnerabilities in our Web applications.
We do a pre-production security assessment on all applications before they go live in our environment. In addition we do regularly repeated scans which primarily look for patching compliance and new vulnerabilities that may affect these applications.
  • AppScan works well in finding application vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting and all of the OWASP top 10.
  • Flexible reporting allows us to generate executive reports for application owners as well as separate technical reports for developers and system engineers.
  • Technical reports include remediation information and cross reference CVSS scores
  • Because it maintains data on all repeated assessments it helps us to do trending and metrics on compliance
  • We have been asking IBM to upgrade the connectivity from scanner to database to use TLS 1.2. Currently uses TLS 1.0 which we are trying to completely deprecate from our environment.
  • We have been having some login issues with authenticated scans for applications that use federated login (Shibboleth) dur to re-directs and timeouts. For these systems we have to bypass the federation and login directly to the application.
This application is well suited for all web applications with the primary difficulty being that is does not handle federated logins.
However since we have validated our federation and vetted it well it is not a critical issue to bypass federation for scanning a site, only an inconvenience as we have to setup bypass authentication and then remove so that is cannot be used by an attacker.
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