Built-in Rule Tags
Tags are a way to categorize rules and issues. Issues inherit the tags on the rules that raised them. Some tags are language-specific, but many more appear across languages. Users can add tags to rules and issues, but most rules have some tags out of the box. Here is a non-comprehensive list of what some of those built-in tags mean:
NOTE : Links below to rules.sonarsource.com will be initially filtered for Java language rules
- brain-overload - there is too much to keep in your head at one time
- bad-practice - the code likely works as designed, but the way it was designed is widely recognized as being a bad idea.
- cert - relates to a rule in a CERT standard. There are currently three CERT standards: C, C++, and Java. Many of these rules are not language-specific, but are good programming practices. That's why you'll see this tag on non-C/C++, Java rules.
- clumsy - extra steps are used to accomplish something that could be done more clearly and concisely. (E.G. calling .toString() on a String).
- confusing - will take maintainers longer to understand than is really justified by what the code actually does
- convention - coding convention - typically formatting, naming, whitespace...
- cwe - relates to a rule in the Common Weakness Enumeration. For more on CWE and on security-related rules in general, see Security-related rules.
- design - there is something questionable about the design of the code
- lock-in - environment-specific features are used
- misra - relates to a rule in one of the MISRA standards. While the MISRA rules are primarily about C and C++, many of them are not language-specific (E.G. don't use a float as a loop counter) but are simply good programming practices. That's why you'll see these tags on non-C/C++ rules.
- owasp - relates to a rule in the OWASP Top Ten security standards. Note, that the OWASP Top Ten is a list of high-level vulnerabilities which translates to many, many potential rules.
- pitfall - nothing is wrong yet, but something could go wrong in the future; a trap has been set for the next guy and he'll probably fall into it and screw up the code.
- sans-top25 - This tag is based on outdated statistics and should no longer be used. Instead, it's recommended to rely on the "CWE Top 25" reports, which are available in Enterprise Edition.
- suspicious - it's not guaranteed that this is a bug, but it looks suspiciously like one. At the very least, the code should be re-examined & likely refactored for clarity.
- unpredictable - the code may work fine under current conditions, but may fail erratically if conditions change.
- unused - unused code, E.G. a private variable that is never used.
- user-experience - there's nothing technically wrong with your code, but it may make some or all of your users hate you.