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Overview

Test configurations define how your code is analyzed and tested, including which static analysis rules are enabled, which tests to run, and other analysis parameters.C/C++test ships with built-in test configurations, but users can create and store their own test configurations in the DTP server (see the DTP documentation for details).

User-defined test configurations that are stored in DTP can be downloaded from the DTP server and stored in the [INSTALL_DIR]/configs/user directory as *.properties files. 

Running a Test Configuration

You can specify which configuration will be run in one of the following ways:

  • Run cpptestcliwith the -config switch and specify a built-in, user-defined or  DTP-hosted  test configuration:

    Code Block
    -config "builtin://Recommended Rules"
    -config "user://Foo Configuration"
    -config "dtp://Foo Team Configuration" 
    -config "dtp://FooTeamConfig.properties"

    You can also provide a path or URL to the test configuration .properties file:

    Code Block
    -config "C:\Devel\Configs\FooConfig.properties"
    -config "http://foo.bar.com/configs/FoodConfig.properties"


    For example, your command line may resemble the following:

    Code Block
    cpptestcli -config "builtin://Recommended Rules" -compiler gcc_3_4 -input cpptest.bdf

  • In the .properties file, specify the default configuration that will be run when the -config option is not used:

    Code Block
    cpptest.configuration=user://Configuration Name

Viewing Available Test Configurations

Use the -listconfigs switch to print the available test configurations. 

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Built-in Test Configurations
Built-in Test Configurations

Built-in Test Configurations


The following tables include the test configurations shipped in the [INSTALL]/configs/builtin directory.

Static Analysis

This group includes universal static analysis test configurations. See Compliance Packs for test configurations that enforce coding standards.

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Built-in Test ConfigurationDescription
Effective C++Checks rules from Scott Meyers’ "Effective C++" book. These rules check the efficiency of C++ programs.
Effective STLChecks rules from Scott Meyers’ "Effective STL" book.
Find Duplicated CodeApplies static code analysis rules that report duplicate code. Duplicate code may indicate poor application design and lead to maintainability issues.
Find Unused CodeIncludes rules for identifying unused/dead code.
Flow Analysis StandardDetects complex runtime errors without requiring test cases or application execution. Defects detected include using uninitialized or invalid memory, null pointer dereferencing, array and buffer overflows, division by zero, memory and resource leaks, and dead code. This requires a special Flow Analysis license option.
Flow Analysis AggressiveIncludes rules for deep flow analysis of code. A significant amount of time may be required to run this configuration.
Flow Analysis FastIncludes rules for shallow depth of flow analysis, which limits the number of potentially acceptable defects from being reported.
Global AnalysisChecks the Global Static Analysis rules.
Metrics

Computes values for  several code metrics.

Modern C++ (11, 14 and 17)Checks rules that enforce best practices for modern C++ standards (C++11, C++14, C++17).
Recommended Rules

The default configuration of recommended rules. Covers most Severity 1 and Severity 2 rules. Includes rules in the Flow Analysis Fast configuration.

Sutter-AlexandrescuChecks rules based on the book "C++ Coding Standards," by Herb Sutter and Andrei Alexandrescu.
The Power of TenChecks rules based on Gerard J. Holzmann’s article "The Power of Ten - Rules for Developing Safety Critical Code."
http://spinroot.com/gerard/pdf/Power_of_Ten.pdf

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Compliance Packs
Compliance Packs
Compliance Packs

Compliance Packs include test configurations tailored for particular compliance domains to help you enforce industry-specific compliance standards and practices.

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Some test configurations in this category have a corresponding "Compliance" extension on DTP, which allows you to view your security compliance status, generate compliance reports, and monitor the progress towards your security compliance goals.  These test configurations require dedicated license features to be activated. Contact Parasoft Support for more details on Compliance Packs licensing.

See the "Extensions for DTP" section in the DTP documentation for the list of available extensions, requirements, and usage.

Aerospace Pack

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Built-in Test ConfigurationDescription

Joint Strike Fighter

Checks rules that enforce the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program coding standards.

Automotive Pack

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Built-in Test ConfigurationDescription
AUTOSAR C++14 Coding Guidelines

Checks rules that enforce the AUTOSAR C++ Coding Guidelines (Adaptive Platform, version 17-10).

(info) This test configuration is part of Parasoft Compliance Pack solution that allows you to monitor compliance with industry standards using the "Compliance" extensions on DTP. It requires dedicated license features to be activated. Contact your Parasoft representative for details.

HIS Source Code MetricsChecks metrics required by the Herstellerinitiative Software (HIS) group.
High Integrity C++Checks rules that enforce the High Integrity C++ Coding Standard.
MISRA C 1998Checks rules that enforce the MISRA C coding standards
MISRA C 2004Checks rules that enforce the MISRA C 2004 coding standard.
MISRA C 2012

Checks rules that enforce the MISRA C 2012 coding standard.

(info) This test configuration is part of Parasoft Compliance Pack solution that allows you to monitor compliance with industry standards using the "Compliance" extensions on DTP. It requires dedicated license features to be activated. Contact your Parasoft representative for details.

MISRA C++ 2008Checks rules that enforce the MISRA C++ 2008 coding standards.

Medical Devices Pack

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Built-in Test ConfigurationDescription
Recommended Rules for FDA (C)Checks rules recommended for complying with the FDA General Principles for Software Validation (test configuration for the C language).
Recommended Rules for FDA (C++)Checks rules recommended for complying with the FDA General Principles for Software Validation (test configuration for the C++ language).

Security Pack

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Built-in Test ConfigurationDescription

CWE-SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors

Includes rules that find issues classified as Top 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors of the CWE-SANS standard.


OWASP Top 10 2017Includes rules that find issues identified in OWASP’s Top 10 standard
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard

Includes rules that find issues identified in PCI Data Security Standard

SEI CERT C GuidelinesChecks rules and recommendations for the SEI CERT C Coding Standard. This standard provides guidelines for secure coding. The goal is to facilitate the development of safe, reliable, and secure systems by, for example, eliminating undefined behaviors that can lead to undefined program behaviors and exploitable vulnerabilities.
SEI CERT C Rules

Checks rules for the SEI CERT C Coding Standard. This standard provides guidelines for secure coding. The goal is to facilitate the development of safe, reliable, and secure systems by, for example, eliminating undefined behaviors that can lead to undefined program behaviors and exploitable vulnerabilities.

(info) This test configuration is part of Parasoft Compliance Pack solution that allows you to monitor compliance with industry standards using the "Compliance" extensions on DTP. It requires dedicated license features to be activated. Contact your Parasoft representative for details.

SEI CERT C++ Rules

Checks rules for the SEI CERT C++ Coding Standard. This standard provides guidelines for secure coding. The goal is to facilitate the development of safe, reliable, and secure systems by, for example, eliminating undefined behaviors that can lead to undefined program behaviors and exploitable vulnerabilities.

(info) This test configuration is part of Parasoft Compliance Pack solution that allows you to monitor compliance with industry standards using the "Compliance" extensions on DTP. It requires dedicated license features to be activated. Contact your Parasoft representative for details.

Security RulesGeneral test configuration that finds security issues
UL 2900Includes rules that find issues identified in the UL-2900 standard.

Runtime Analysis

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Built-in Test ConfigurationDescription
CoverageGenerates the code coverage report.
GoogleTestAnalyzes Google Test unit test results.
Unit TestingAnalyzes CppUnit or CppUTest test results collected with C/C++test's connector (see Integrating with CppUnit and CppUtest)

Creating Custom Rules

Use RuleWizard to create custom rules. To use the rule, it needs to be enabled in a test configuration and the custom rule file must be located in the [INSTALL_DIR]\rules\user\ directory, or another user-specific directory.