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Patrick Henry Library, Vienna; FDA Silver Spring; MITRE Bedford MA; MITRE Eatontow; MITRE Aberdeen,
Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
FDA, Bld 66, room G512, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Various, Maryland

May 29, 2012    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (GMT -5:00) EST

Software Assurance Metrics and Tool

Evaluation (SAMATE) Overview

by: Tim Boland of NIST

Tuesday May 29, 2012

Software Assurance Metrics And Tool Evaluation (SAMATE) is a broad and inclusive project at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with the goal of improving software assurance by developing materials, specifications, and methods to test tools and techniques and measure their effectiveness. The presentation will review some SAMATE sub-projects/activities, including the SAMATE Reference Dataset, a public repository of thousands of example programs with known weaknesses, and the Static Analysis Tool Exposition (SATE). Several possible questions for research are also raised. Software metrics are incomplete without metrics of what are variously called weaknesses, bugs, flaws, or faults. Some issues with such metrics include how to: designate weaknesses, distinguish weaknesses, and identify locations of weaknesses. The presentation concludes with a list of concepts (such as “location to fix” or “attack”) which may be a useful basis for studying weakness metrics. Information on the SAMATE Project may be accessed at: http://samate.nist.gov/

Tim Boland is a Computer Scientist in the Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce. He has experience in researching various testing, measurement, and assessment issues involving software. Mr. Boland has an M.S. in Meteorology from Penn State University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

For details and driving directions see the May 2012 Software SIG Announcement.

5:30 PM – Networking and Pizza(*)

5:50 – 6:50 PM – Program

(*) There is no cost to attend at McLean and Silver Spring.


The presentation will originate at the McLean facility, with video tele-conferencing (VTC) between: Our Eatontown location is back, but without VTC. You will see the slides and hear the speaker, but not see him.

MITRE-2, room 1N100

7515 Colshire Drive

McLean, VA 22102

host: Scott Ankrum

cell: 240-731-7581

FDA, Bld 66, room G512

10903 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20993
host: James Simpson

cell: 301-996-4976

MITRE, room 2503

260 Industrial Way West

Eatontown, NJ 07724

host: Aaron Dagen

desk: 732-578-6301

MITRE, room 1M306

202 Burlington Rd (Rt. 62)

Bedford, MA 01730

host: Tim Rice

cell: 978-758-2704

If you can host another location via VTC, please contact Scott Ankrum (below)

TO ATTEND THE MeetingPlace Collaboration CONFERENCE:

1. Go to: http://audioconference.mitre.org/ 2. Click on Attend Meeting. If MeetingPlace Collaboration Window does not automatically open, press connect. 3. Dial your telephone to connect to the audio of the meeting.

·  Dial 703-983-6338 (x36338) from the Washington DC region.

·  Dial 781-271-6338 (x16338) from the Bedford, MA region.

Meeting ID: 509509, when prompted. Meeting Password: 05090509, when prompted.

Visit http://audioconference.mitre.org to test your web browser for compatibility with the web conference. Follow

this link to the browser test link on the page.


Registration Website: http://www.asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/26913

You must register by noon on Monday, May 28. If you cannot attend at any location, select telephone dial-in when you register. If not a US citizen, you can only attend at a MITRE location. Please provide your title, employer, and address. Allow 2 business days for registration before the meeting.