Compatibility Questionnaire: Security-Database (Security System Analyzer Version 1.5) — Archive

Important: The OVAL Compatibility Program was moved to "archive" status in December 2009, and replaced with the "OVAL Adoption Program." Under the OVAL Adoption Program product validation is performed by an external organization, allowing the OVAL Team to focus on educating vendors on best practices regarding the use and implementation OVAL and on how OVAL can continue to evolve as needed by the community.

Refer to the OVAL Adoption Program section for addition information and to review all products and services listed.

Organizational Information

Name of Your Organization:


Web Site:

Product Information

Product/Service Name:

SSA Security System Analyzer Version 1.5 (a / b)

Compatible Categories:

OVAL Systems Characteristics Producer
OVAL Systems Characteristics Consumer
OVAL Definition Consumer
OVAL Results Producer
OVAL Results Consumer

Product/Service Home Page:

General Capability Questions

Product Accessibility

Provide a short description of how and where your capability is made available to your customers and the public:
SSA is available for download from our web site ( ). Two flavors are offered (zipped file and setup file). The MD5 hashes for these packages are also available.

The license agreement for the free edition SSA 1.5 is planned with the next release.

Accuracy Questions

Language Version Indication

Describe how and where the capability indicates the version of the OVAL Language used to validate, create, or update its content:

The HTML report generated by SSA relies on the OVAL™ interpreter output. Advanced report is planned with the next release. It will include schema version, name/version of the product that created and more information about the system audited.

Approach for Correction of Errors

Indicate how a user who discovers an error in the capability's use of OVAL can report the error:

A special email ( ) is created and monitored for users to supply us with bugs and errors.

A public bug reporter is planned (

Describe the approach to responding to the above error reports and how applicable fixes will be applied:

Once a bug is discovered, reproduced and confirmed, a new release is announced.

The SSA page ( ) keeps up-to-date with the latest versions and information about major and minor bugs.

Documentation Questions

Compatibility Documentation

Provide a copy, or directions to the location, of where the documentation describes OVAL and OVAL Compatibility for any customers:

The documentation is available for download as a PDF file from this location . It will be included and linked in a menu with the next coming release (1.5b).

The first chapter defines clearly the OVAL concept and recommend users to refer to FAQs and documentation available at

We have planned to translate the documentation to French.

Language Support

Indicate the component schemas and/or individual OVAL Tests that the capability does not support for each category of OVAL Compatibility being applied for:
SSA supports all schemas as since it relies on the OVAL™ interpreter.

Capability Specific Questions

Finding Elements Using OVAL

Provide details regarding how users can identify and find individual OVAL content (through OVAL-IDs) that is being consumed by the capability. For example, how can a user determine which definitions have been consumed and what the result of each definition is:

The SSA real time console displays the possible identified vulnerabilities and misconfigurations using the OVAL ID and its associated CVE reference.

Moreover, SSA digs into the OVAL xml files to grab information using an embedded xml reader. The HTML results file is based upon the OVAL™ interpreter.

We have planned to include an OVAL ID search database plug-in (read and display information from the OVAL xml files). The updater add-on already offers the ability to download them.

We have planned to produce new results file based on OVAL ID with its associated CVE reference and more in-depth information about the system (users, patches, services, application inventory, protocols in use...)

OVAL Content Importation Process Explanation

If the capability does not support consuming OVAL content at runtime, explain the documented process by which users can submit OVAL content for interpretation by the capability, including how quickly submitted content is made available to the capability:

SSA can consume OVAL content at runtime.


Statement of Compatibility

Have an authorized individual sign and date the following Compatibility Statement (required):

"As an authorized representative of my organization I agree that we will abide by all of the mandatory compatibility requirements as well as all of the additional mandatory compatibility requirements that are appropriate for our specific type of capability."

Name:   Nabil Ouchn
Title:   Lead developer, SSA project

Statement of Accuracy

Have an authorized individual sign and date the following accuracy Statement (recommended):

"As an authorized representative of my organization and to the best of my knowledge, there are no errors in the correctness of our capability's use of the OVAL Language and the interpretation of the logic."

Name:   Nabil Ouchn
Title:   Lead developer, SSA project

Statement on Follow-on Correctness Testing Support

Have an authorized individual sign and date the following statement about your organizations willingness to support correctness testing of other capabilities, which will be managed by the Reviewing Authority and kept to reasonable levels of effort for all involved. (required):

"As an authorized representative of my organization, we agree to support the Review Authority in follow-on correctness testing activities, where appropriate types of OVAL documents might need to be exchanged with other organizations attempting to prove the correctness of their capabilities."

Name:   Nabil Ouchn
Title:   Lead developer, SSA project

Page Last Updated: December 17, 2009