Compare Checkmarx vs. OWASP Zap

Checkmarx is ranked 2nd in Application Security Testing (AST) with 8 reviews while OWASP Zap is ranked 4th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 10 reviews. Checkmarx is rated 7.8, while OWASP Zap is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Checkmarx writes "Works well with Windows servers but no Linux support and takes too long to scan files". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OWASP Zap writes "Inexpensive licensing, free to use, and has good community support". Checkmarx is most compared with SonarQube, Veracode and Micro Focus Fortify on Demand, whereas OWASP Zap is most compared with PortSwigger Burp, Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner and HCL AppScan. See our Checkmarx vs. OWASP Zap report.
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Overall, the ability to find vulnerabilities in the code is better than the tool that we were using before.Our static operation security has been able to identify more security issues since implementing this solution.The main benefit to using this solution is that we find vulnerabilities in our software before the development cycle is complete.The most valuable features of Checkmarx are the Best Fix Location and the Payments option because you can save a lot of time trying to mitigate the configuration. Using these tools can save you a lot of time.It is a stable product.Most valuable features include: ease of use, dashboard. interface and the ability to report.It shows in-depth code of where actual vulnerabilities are.It gives the proper code flow of vulnerabilities and the number of occurrences.

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The scalability of this product is very good.The reporting is quite intuitive, which gives you a clear indication of what kind of vulnerability you have that you can drill down on to gather more information.The OWASP's tool is free of cost, which gives it a great advantage, especially for smaller companies to make use of the tool.This solution has improved my organization because it has made us feel safer doing frequent deployments for web applications. If we have something really big, we might get some professional company in to help us but if we're releasing small products, we will check it ourselves with Zap. It makes it easier and safer.It can be used effectively for internal auditing.The community edition updates services regularly. They add new vulnerabilities into the scanning list.It scans while you navigate, then you can save the requests performed and work with them later.Fuzzer and Java APIs help a lot with our custom needs.

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Checkmarx being Windows only is a hindrance. Another problem is: why can't I choose PostgreSQL?It would be really helpful if the level of confidence was included, with respect to identified issues.The reports are good, but they still need to be improved considering what the UI offers.With Checkmarx, normally you need to use one tool for quality and you need to use another tool for security. I understand that Checkmarx is not in the parity space because it's totally different, but they could include some free features or recommendations too.It is an expensive solution.It provides us with quite a handful of false positive issues. If Checkmarx could reduce this number, it would be a great tool to use.I think the CxAudit tool has room for improvement. At the beginning you can choose a scan of a project, but in any event the project must be scanned again (wasting time).Updating and debugging of queries is not very convenient.

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I prefer Burp Suite to SWASP Zap because of the extensive coverage it offers.I'd like to see a kind of feature where we can just track what our last vulnerability was and how it has improved or not. More reports that can have some kind of base-lining, I think that would be a good feature too. I'm not sure whether it can be achieved and implement but I think that would really help.The automated vulnerability assessments that the application performs needs to be simplified as well as diversified.There's very little documentation that comes with OWASP Zap.If there was an easier to understand exactly what has been checked and what has not been checked, it would make this solution better. We have to trust that it has checked all known vulnerabilities but it's a bit hard to see after the scanning.It needs more robust reporting tools.As security evolves, we would like DevOps built into it. As of now, Zap does not provide this.I would like to see a version of “repeater” within OWASP ZAP, a tool capable of sending from one to 1000 of the same requests, but with preselected modified fields, changing from a predetermined word ​list, or manually created.

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We have a subscription license that is on a yearly basis, and it's a pretty competitive solution.It is an expensive solution.Be cautious of the one-year subscription date. Once it expires, your price will go up.We got a special offer for a 30% reduction for three years, after our first year. I think for a real source-code scanning tool, you have to add a lot of money for Open Source Analysis, and AppSec Coach (160 Euro per user per year).Before implementing the product I would evaluate if it is really necessary to scan so many different languages and frameworks. If not, I think there must be a cheaper solution for scanning Java-only applications (which are 90% of our applications).

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This app is completely free and open source. So there is no question about any pricing.OWASP Zap is free to use.It's free. It's good for us because we don't know what the extent of our use will be yet. It's good to start with something free and easy to use.OWASP ZAP is a free tool provided by OWASP’s engineers and experts. There is an option to donate.As Zap is free and open-source, with tons of features similar to those of commercial solutions, I would definitely recommend trying it out.

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Checkmarx CxSAST is a highly accurate and flexible Static Code Analysis product that allows organizations to automatically scan un-compiled / un-built code and identify hundreds of security vulnerabilities in all major coding languages. CxSAST is available as a standalone product and can be effectively integrated into the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) to streamline detection and remediation. CxSAST can be deployed on-premise in a private data center or hosted via a public cloud.

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Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) is a free, open-source penetration testing tool being maintained under the umbrella of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). ZAP is designed specifically for testing web applications and is both flexible and extensible.

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Financial Services Firm57%
Software R&D Company14%
Engineering Company14%
Comms Service Provider14%
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Software R&D Company32%
Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider12%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Software R&D Company47%
Comms Service Provider9%
Media Company8%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise46%
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