Will code-check tools make for worm-proof software?

Wednesday, 26 May 2004, 3:47 PM EST

When Microsoft needed help in taming the large number of flaws that had crept into its Windows operating system, it looked to technology known as "static source-code checkers" and a company called Intrinsa.

Intrinsa's product, known as PREfast, analyzed the code created by developers and flagged potential errors. The software giant found the program so helpful it bought the company for $60 million in 1999. Today, a handful of other developers of similar products hope to convince customers that they should be using their programs to spot-check security.

By Robert Lemosat CNET News.com

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