So I was recently asked by en enterprise security team to run some static analysis on our backend project. That turned into an exercise in frustration since all the documentation was written assuming the project you are scanning is an website. It doesn’t take into account the differences in an MVC or Web Api 2 application. The gist of it, is that Fortify expects your application to be pre-compiled and placed into the .NET temporary files folder, which MVC and Web API projects don’t do.

So in order to run the scan successfully, to run the scan do the following

Modify fortify properties file

Open up {Fortify_install_dir}\Core\config\ and uncomment the following:


and also, set the following property to false (Default value is true).


Build your project

Build your project as normal in Visual studio

Copy build artifacts

Copy the build artifacts from the /bin directory at the root of your project to the following location -

C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\{frameworkverion}\Temporary ASP.NET Files\{yourprojectname}

So for a project named “YourProject.Web” that build against .NET 4 or 4.5, the path would look like this-

C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Temporary ASP.NET Files\YourProject.Web

Run the scan

You can now run the Fortify scan from the Visual Studio toolbar I have no idea what I am doing

It should be noted that you are technically running the scan against the previously generated artifacts, so if you change your code after you copy the artifacts, the results will be skewed.