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Understanding IntelliJ Scan Results

When viewing full scan results in the IntelliJ CxViewer interface, you can interactively navigate through the results:


In addition to the regular IntelliJ code pane (upper-left pane), the CxViewer interface includes four panes with different levels of information. You can drill down from a comprehensive list all the way down to the actual code elements, by moving through the panes in the following order:

Queries (lower-left pane) - Each item in the list is a specific type of vulnerability for which CxSAST queries the scanned code, with the number of found instances of that vulnerability. The queries are sorted by code language and severity.


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Clicking ( ? ) displays comprehensive information about this vulnerability type, including risk details, a description of the cause and mechanism, recommendations for avoiding the vulnerability and source code examples.

Select a query to view found instances in the Results pane:

Results (lower-right pane) - Displays the found instances of the query that is selected in the Queries pane in the following two formats:

  • Graph (left tab in Results pane) - Graphical display of first and last code elements of each found instance, with the relationships between them.

  • Results (right tab in Results pane) - Tabular list of found instances and details. The highlighted instance's code element details appear at the top. You can navigate the results using pagination control.


Select an instance node (Graph tab) or an instance check-box (Results tab) enabling you to change the following states:

Results State - useful for disregarding false positives or just for planning what issues to handle

  • To Verify (default) – instance requires verification (i.e., authorized user)

  • Not Exploitable – instance has been confirmed as not exploitable (i.e., false positive). Instances defined with this state are not represented in the scan summary, graph, reports or dashboard, etc.

  • Proposed Not Exploitable – instance has been proposed as not exploitable (i.e., potential false positive). Instances defined with this state are represented in the scan summary, graph, reports or dashboard, etc. until such a time that the state is changed to “Not Exploitable"

  • Confirmed – instance has been confirmed as exploitable and requires handling

  • Urgent – instance has been confirmed as exploitable and requires urgent handling

Severity (High, Medium, Low and Info) - useful for defining the priority level of the selected issue.

Assign to User - useful for planning who should handle the selected issue.

Click Comments to add a comment to an instance. This metadata is maintained for the project when performing future scans and for instances that continue to be found.

Click Save Scan Subset for selected instances to appear in the results list as an independent result set.

Click 1342178046.png to obtain a URL to this results interface with the instance immediately selected.

Path (upper-right pane) - Displays the full path of code elements that constitute the vulnerability instance that is selected in the Results pane. This path represents the full attack vector for the vulnerability instance.

Select an instance in the Results pane (Results or Graph tab) and view its attack vector in the Path pane.


Select a code element in the Path pane to view it in its code context, in the Source Code pane (see below).

Source Code (upper-left pane) - Displays the source code files.


Highlights the code line containing the element that is selected in the Path pane.