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April 2020: Open Dataset RC_Data for Classifier Research

December 2018: Lori Flynn and Ebonie McNeil authored the SEI Blog post "SCALe v. 3: Automated Classification and Advanced Prioritization of Static Analysis Alerts".

November 2018: Lori Flynn presented a webinar "Improve Your Static Analysis Audits Using CERT SCALe's New Features".

October 2018: At the CMU SEI 2018 Research Review, Lori Flynn presented "Rapid Construction of Accurate Automatic Alert Handling", Will Klieber presented "Automated Code Repair to Ensure Memory Safety", and Robert Schiela presented "Predicting Security Flaws through Architectural Flaws".

October 2018: Will Klieber presented "Detecting Leaks of Sensitive Data due to Stale Reads" at IEEE SecDev 2018.

September 2018: The CERT manifest files are now available for use by static analysis tool developers to test their coverage of (some of the) CERT Secure Coding Rules for C, using many of 61,387 test cases in the Juliet test suite v1.2.

September 2018: The Summer 2018 Edition of the Secure Coding newsletter was published on 4 September 2018.

August 2018: SCALe has been released open-source as a new project on GitHub. This is the first time that SCALe has been released to the public.  This initial release is SCALe

Secure Coding Newsletter

The Secure Coding eNewsletter provides timely information about CERT secure coding standards.

The Summer 2018 Edition of the Secure Coding newsletter was published on 4 September 2018. 

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The Top 10 Secure Coding Practices provides some language-independent recommendations.

Visit the Secure Coding section of the SEI's Digital Library for the latest publications written by the Secure Coding team.

Learn more about CERT Secure Coding Courses and the Secure Coding Professional Certificate Program.

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  1. The 2016 versions of coding standards are still valid today? Is no new content needed as time goes on?

    1. Bruce, the content on this wiki site contains the most current information, as it always has. The PDF versions, and books before those versions, are a point-in-time snapshot of the content on the wiki, to add a stable reference.  We are considering updates, and possibly a new snapshot, once the next stable releases of C and C++ are made. Thanks for the question.