With the accelerated use of open source, most projects depend on hundreds of open-source dependencies. This poses a security problem: what if the dependencies you're using are vulnerable? You could be putting your users at risk of a supply chain attack. One of the most important things you can do to protect your supply chain is to patch your vulnerabilities.
You add dependencies directly to your supply chain when you specify them in a manifest file or a lockfile. Dependencies can also be included transitively, that is, even if you don’t specify a particular dependency, but a dependency of yours uses it, then you’re also dependent on that dependency.
GitHub Enterprise Server offers a range of features to help you understand the dependencies in your environment and know about vulnerabilities in those dependencies.
The supply chain features on GitHub Enterprise Server are:
The dependency graph is central to supply chain security. The dependency graph identifies all upstream dependencies and public downstream dependents of a repository or package. You can see your repository’s dependencies and some of their properties, like vulnerability information, on the dependency graph for the repository.
Dependabot cross-references dependency data provided by the dependency graph with the list of known vulnerabilities published in the GitHub Advisory Database, scans your dependencies and generates Dependabot 警报 when a potential vulnerability is detected.
To generate the dependency graph, GitHub looks at a repository’s explicit dependencies declared in the manifest and lockfiles. When enabled, the dependency graph automatically parses all known package manifest files in the repository, and uses this to construct a graph with known dependency names and versions.
- The dependency graph includes information on your direct dependencies and transitive dependencies.
- The dependency graph is automatically updated when you push a commit to GitHub that changes or adds a supported manifest or lock file to the default branch, and when anyone pushes a change to the repository of one of your dependencies.
- You can see the dependency graph by opening the repository's main page on GitHub Enterprise Server, and navigating to the Insights tab.
For more information about the dependency graph, see "About the dependency graph."
Dependabot keeps your dependencies up to date by informing you of any security vulnerabilities in your dependencies so that you can update that dependency.
Dependabot 警报 highlight repositories affected by a newly discovered vulnerability based on the dependency graph and the GitHub Advisory Database, which contains the versions on known vulnerability lists.
Dependabot performs a scan to detect vulnerable dependencies and sends Dependabot 警报 when:
New advisory data is synchronized to 您的 GitHub Enterprise Server 实例 each hour from GitHub.com. For more information about advisory data, see "Browsing security vulnerabilities in the GitHub Advisory Database" in the GitHub.com documentation.
The dependency graph for the repository changes.
Dependabot 警报 are displayed on the Security tab for the repository and in the repository's dependency graph. The alert includes a link to the affected file in the project, and information about a fixed version.
For more information about Dependabot 警报, see "About alerts for vulnerable dependencies."
- Dependency graph and Dependabot 警报—not enabled by default. Both features are configured at an enterprise level by the enterprise owner. For more information, see "Enabling the dependency graph for your enterprise" and "Enabling Dependabot for your enterprise."
- Dependency review—available when dependency graph is enabled for 您的 GitHub Enterprise Server 实例 and Advanced Security is enabled for the organization or repository. For more information, see "About GitHub Advanced Security."