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Coverity vs. Fortify Application Defender
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Coverity vs. Fortify Application Defender and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"The visibility into application status helps reduce risk exposure for our software. Today, any findings provided by the DAST are reviewed by the developers and we have internal processes in place to correct those findings before there can be a release. So it absolutely does prevent us from releasing weak code.""Their dashboard is really good, overall. In my opinion, it's one of the best in the market, and I say that because we have used other service providers.""You can easily integrate it with Azure DevOps. This is an added value because we work with Azure DevOps. Veracode is natively supported and we don't have to work with APIs.""My experience with Veracode across the board every time, in all products, the technology, the product, the service, and the salespeople is fabulous.""The policy reporting for ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations is pretty comprehensive, especially around PCI. If you do the static analysis, the dynamic analysis, and then a manual penetration test, it aggregates all of these results into one report. And then they create a PCI-specific report around it which helps to illustrate how the application adheres to different standards.""The solution's ability to prevent vulnerable code from going into production is perfectly fine. It delivers, at least for the reports that we have been checking on Java and JavaScript. It has reported things that were helpful.""There is a single area on the dashboard where you can get a full view of all of the tests and the results from everything. There is a nice, very simple graphic that shows you the types of vulnerabilities that were found, their severity, the scoring, and in what part of the code they were found. All the details are together in one place.""It's comprehensive from a feature standpoint."

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"The most valuable feature is that there were not a whole lot of false positives, at least on the codebases that I looked at.""Coverity is scalable.""It provides reports about a lot of potential defects.""I encountered a bug with Coverity, and I opened a ticket. Support provided me with a workaround. So it's working at the moment, or at least it seems to be.""The most valuable feature is the integration with Jenkins.""The app analysis is the most valuable feature as I know other solutions don't have that.""One of the most valuable features is Contributing Events. That particular feature helps the developer understand the root cause of a defect. So you can locate the starting point of the defect and figure out exactly how it is being exploited."

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"The information from Fortify Application Defender on how to fix and solve issues is very good compared to other solutions.""The most valuable features of Fortify Application Defender are the code packages that are default.""The most valuable feature is the ability to automatically feed it rules what it's coupled with the WebInspect dynamic application scanning technology.""We are able to provide out customers with a secure application after development. They are no longer left wondering if they are vulnerable to different threats within the market following deployment."

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Cons
"I would like to see them provide more content in the developer training section. This field is really changing each day and there are flaws that are detected each day. Some sort of regular updates to the learning would help.""I think if they could improve the operations around accepted vulnerabilities, we would see improvements in our productivity.""The training lab is not very user-friendly and takes a long time to set up.""We tried to create an automatic scanning process for Veracode and integrate it into our billing process, but it was easier to adopt it to repositories based on GIT. Until now, our source control repository was Azure DevOps Server (Microsoft TFS) to managing our resources. This was not something that they supported. It took us some sessions together before we successfully implemented it.""The reports on offer are too verbose.""I would ask Veracode to be a lot more engaged with the customer and set up live sessions where they force the customer to engage with Veracode's technical team. Veracode could show them a repo, how they should do things, this is what these results mean, here is a dashboard, here's the interpretation, here's where you find the results.""The ideal situation in terms of putting the results in front of the developers would be with Veracode integration into the developer environment (IDE). They do have a plugin, which we've used in the past, but we were not as positive about it.""If Veracode was more diversified, as far as the number of platforms and the number of applications it could do in our favor, we would be using it even more. But there are a number of platforms it doesn't support. For example, I know they support C+, .NET, and Java, but there are certain platforms they don't support and that was disappointing."

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"Coverity is not stable.""Its price can be improved. Price is always an issue with Synopsys.""It should be easier to specify your own validation routines and sanitation routines.""Right now, the Coverity executable is around 1.2GB to download. If they can reduce it to approximately 600 or 700MB, that would be great. If they decrease the executable, it will be much easier to work in an environment like Docker.""Ideally, it would have a user-based license that does not have a restriction in the number of lines of code.""The solution could use more rules.""Coverity is far from perfection, and I'm not 100 percent sure it's helping me find what I need to find in my role. We need exactly what we are looking for, i.e. security errors and vulnerabilities. It doesn't seem to be reporting while we are changing our code."

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"The solution could improve the time it takes to scan. When comparing it to SonarQube it does it in minutes while in Fortify Application Defender it can take hours.""The licensing can be a little complex.""The biggest complaint that I have heard concerns additional platform support because right now, it only supports applications that are written in .NET and Java.""Fortify Application Defender could improve by supporting more code languages, such as GRAAS and Groovy."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I don't really know about the pricing, but I'd say it's worth whatever Veracode is charging, because the solution is that good."
  • "Veracode's price is high. I would like them to better optimize their pricing."
  • "If I compare the pricing with other software tools, then it is quite competitive. Whatever the price is, they have always given us a good discount."
  • "Veracode is expensive. Some of its products are expensive. I don't think it's way more expensive than its competitors. The dynamic is definitely worth it, as I think it's cheaper than the competitors. The static scan is a little bit more expensive, around 20 percent more expensive. The manual pen test is more expensive, but it is an expensive service because it's a manual pen test and we also do retests. I don't think it is way more expensive than the competitors, but it's about 15 to 20 percent more expensive."
  • "We use this product per project rather than per developer... Your development model will really determine what the best fit is for you in terms of licensing, because of the project-based licensing. If you do a few projects, that's more attractive. If you have a large number of developers, that would also make the product a little more attractive."
  • "The pricing is really fair compared to a lot of other tools on the market."
  • "It is very reasonably priced compared to what we were paying our previous vendor. For the same price, we are getting much more value and reducing our AppSec costs from 40 to 50 percent."
  • "Veracode is one of the more expensive solutions in the market, but it is worth the expense because of the eLearning and the security consultations; everything is included in the license."
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  • "The licensing fees are based on the number of lines of code."
  • "The price is competitive with other solutions."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "Coverity is very expensive."
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  • "The base licensing costs for the SaaS platform is about $900 USD per application, per year."
  • "The price of this solution could be less expensive."
  • "The licensing is very complex, it's project based and can range from $10,000 to $200,000+ depending on the project type and size."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:SonarQube is easy to deploy and configure, and also integrates well with other tools to do quality code analysis… more »
    Top Answer:Veracode's technical support is great. They assigned us a TAM and once a week, we have a brief engagement with the TAM… more »
    Top Answer:Veracode recently introduced some pricing based on microservices. This model gives us a lot of flexibility in being able… more »
    Top Answer:We researched Coverity, but in the end, we chose SonarQube. SonarQube is a tool for reviewing code quality and security… more »
    Top Answer:The app analysis is the most valuable feature as I know other solutions don't have that.
    Top Answer:We are able to provide out customers with a secure application after development. They are no longer left wondering if… more »
    Top Answer:I work for a local distributor for Micro Focus. We provide customers with a proof of values and we're showing them in… more »
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    Synopsys Static Analysis
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    Overview

    Veracode covers all your Application Security needs in one solution through a combination of five analysis types; static analysis, dynamic analysis, software composition analysis, interactive application security testing, and penetration testing. Unlike on-premise solutions that are hard to scale and focused on finding rather than fixing, Veracode comprises a unique combination of SaaS technology and on-demand expertise that enables DevSecOps through integration with your pipeline, and empowers developers to find and fix security defects.

    Coverity® gives you the speed, ease of use, accuracy, industry standards compliance, and scalability that you need to develop high-quality, secure applications. Coverity identifies critical software quality defects and security vulnerabilities in code as it’s written, early in the development process, when it’s least costly and easiest to fix. With the Code Sight™ integrated development environment (IDE) plugin, developers get accurate analysis in seconds in their IDE as they code. Precise actionable remediation advice and context-specific eLearning help your developers understand how to fix their prioritized issues quickly, without having to become security experts. 

    Coverity seamlessly integrates automated security testing into your CI/CD pipelines and supports your existing development tools and workflows. Choose where and how to do your development: on-premises or in the cloud with the Polaris Software Integrity Platform™ (SaaS), a highly scalable, cloud-based application security platform. Coverity supports 22 languages and over 70 frameworks and templates.

    Micro Focus Security Fortify Application Defender is a runtime application self-protection (RASP) solution that helps you manage and mitigate risk from homegrown or third-party applications. It provides centralized visibility into application use and abuse while protecting from software vulnerability exploits and other violations in real time.

    Offer
    Keep your software secure

    Application security starts with secure code. Find out more about the benefits of using Veracode to keep your software secure throughout the development lifecycle.

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    Buyer's Guide
    Coverity vs. Fortify Application Defender
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Coverity vs. Fortify Application Defender and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,812 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Coverity is ranked 11th in Application Security with 7 reviews while Fortify Application Defender is ranked 21st in Application Security with 4 reviews. Coverity is rated 8.0, while Fortify Application Defender is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Coverity writes "Straightforward to install and reports few false positives, but it should be easier to specify your own validation and sanitation routines". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortify Application Defender writes "Straightforward to deploy and integrates well with WebInspect to secure against application-specific threats". Coverity is most compared with SonarQube, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand, Checkmarx, Klocwork and Snyk, whereas Fortify Application Defender is most compared with Checkmarx, SonarQube, Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand and CAST Highlight. See our Coverity vs. Fortify Application Defender report.

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