Exploring Platform Independent Code Linting
Security code smells are complex and it is very time consuming to write linters for them. A linter is software that decides about the code, which must be highlighted in the editor view .
State of the art
Since almost every IDE maintains its own syntax tree implementation, there is currently no way to implement a linter once and for all major IDEs.
Your task is to evolve the used syntax that is loosely based on SrcML  and, if possible, to implement a prototype that can provide such features. We will start with implementing an IntelliJ plug-in that supports generic linting declarations, e.g., which can highlight every Java String variable with the assigned value "Hello World".
An example declaration for such a linter could be:
<linter name="Issue 001: 'Hello World' in production releases" language="Java"> <note> This linter highlights String variables with assigned "Hello World" values. </note> <matcher> <literal type="string"> Hello World! </literal> </matcher> </linter>
This should match the variable message in a code snippet like this:
String message = "Hello World!";
You should have some knowledge of an Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) and its manipulation , and you should be able to read and parse XML data from disk.
Some experience in working with IntelliJ is a plus.