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Running Exploitable Path Scans Using Resolver

You can run scans using Checkmarx SCA Resolver using the Exploitable Path feature (for Checkmarx SCA Resolver v1.4.14+).

Checkmarx SCA leverages SAST’s ability to scan the actual project code itself in parallel with scanning the manifest file, in order to validate whether the vulnerable open source packages are called from your proprietary code and whether the vulnerable methods are actually used by your code. This enables you to focus on the remediation of actively exploitable vulnerabilities.

Notice

For a full explanation of the Exploitable Path feature, see Exploitable Path.

Prerequisites

  • Checkmarx SCA Resolver v1.4.14+

Notice

For best results, we recommend installing the latest version of Checkmarx SCA Resolver, see Checkmarx SCA Resolver Download and Installation.

  • CxServer version 9.0+

Notice

If you are using CxServer version 9.2 HF9+, some additional configuration may be required, see Configuring SAST Queries.

  • Your Checkmarx SCA Resolver is running on a network where it can communicate with your CxServer instance.

Notice

Checkmarx SCA Resolver v1.4.28+ supports communication via HTTPS (in addition to support for HTTP). To enable HTTPS you need to open the “web.config” file on your SAST machine, set the value for the “httpOnlyCookies” key to “false”, and then do an IES reset on the SAST machine.

Preparing the Project

Prerequisites

You need to know the following account info:

  • Checkmarx SAST - server endpoint, username and password.

  • Checkmarx SCA - tenant account, username and password.

To Prepare a Project:

  1. Create the project in Checkmarx SAST and run a scan of the source code.

  2. Make a note of the Checkmarx SAST Project ID (or Project name), as you will need it for the Checkmarx SCA Resolver configuration.

  3. If Exploitable Path is activated in your global settings (Configuring Account Settings), then it will run automatically on any new Projects that you create via Checkmarx SCA Resolver. If it is not activated globally, then you need to first create a Project via the web portal with Exploitable Path activated (Creating a General Project) and make a note of the Project name.

  4. Ensure that your source code is available on your Checkmarx SCA Resolver server. You will need to provide the full path to the source code folder.

Running the Exploitable Path Project Using Checkmarx SCA Resolver

Run ScaResolver.exe (Windows) or ScaResolver (Linux) with the following mandatory arguments:

-s : path to the folder to scan

-n : to scan an existing Project, enter the name of the Project. OR,

to create a new Project, enter a new name to assign to the Project

-a : your Checkmarx SCA account name

-u : your Checkmarx SCA username

-p : your Checkmarx SCA password

--cxuser : SAST username

--cxserver : SAST server endpoint

--cxpassword : SAST password

--cxprojectid : SAST Project ID

Notice

In place of the SAST Project ID, you can specify the Project by the Project Name using the following argument:

--cxprojectname : SAST Project name

The following example shows a run command using the mandatory arguments:

Notice

You can add additional arguments to specify the desired scan configuration, see SCA Resolver Configuration Arguments.