About alerts for vulnerable dependencies

GitHub sends Dependabot alerts when we detect vulnerabilities affecting your repository.

About vulnerable dependencies

Eine Sicherheitslücke ist ein Problem im Code eines Projekts, das ausgenutzt werden könnte, um die Vertraulichkeit, Integrität oder Verfügbarkeit des Projekts oder anderer Projekte, die seinen Code verwenden, zu beeinträchtigen. Vulnerabilities vary in type, severity, and method of attack.

When your code depends on a package that has a security vulnerability, this vulnerable dependency can cause a range of problems for your project or the people who use it.

Detection of vulnerable dependencies

Dependabot detects vulnerable dependencies and sends Dependabot alerts when:

Additionally, GitHub can review any dependencies added, updated, or removed in a pull request made against the default branch of a repository, and flag any changes that would introduce a vulnerability into your project. This allows you to spot and deal with vulnerable dependencies before, rather than after, they reach your codebase. For more information, see "Reviewing dependency changes in a pull request."

For a list of the ecosystems that GitHub can detect vulnerabilities and dependencies for, see "Supported package ecosystems."

Note: It is important to keep your manifest and lock files up to date. If the dependency graph doesn't accurately reflect your current dependencies and versions, then you could miss alerts for vulnerable dependencies that you use. You may also get alerts for dependencies that you no longer use.

Dependabot alerts for vulnerable dependencies

GitHub detects vulnerable dependencies in public repositories and generates Dependabot alerts by default. Owners of private repositories, or people with admin access, can enable Dependabot alerts by enabling the dependency graph and Dependabot alerts for their repositories.

You can also enable or disable Dependabot alerts for all repositories owned by your user account or organization. For more information, see "Managing security and analysis settings for your user account" or "Managing security and analysis settings for your organization."

For information about permission requirements for actions related to Dependabot alerts, see "Repository permission levels for an organization."

GitHub starts generating the dependency graph immediately and generates alerts for any vulnerable dependencies as soon as they are identified. The graph is usually populated within minutes but this may take longer for repositories with many dependencies. For more information, see "Managing data use settings for your private repository."

When GitHub identifies a vulnerable dependency, we generate a Dependabot alert and display it on the Security tab for the repository. The alert includes a link to the affected file in the project, and information about a fixed version. GitHub also notifies the maintainers of affected repositories about the new alert according to their notification preferences. For more information, see "Configuring notifications for vulnerable dependencies."

For repositories where Dependabot security updates are enabled, the alert may also contain a link to a pull request to update the manifest or lock file to the minimum version that resolves the vulnerability. Weitere Informationen findest Du unter „ Über Dependabot security updates."

Note: GitHub's security features do not claim to catch all vulnerabilities. Though we are always trying to update our vulnerability database and generate alerts with our most up-to-date information, we will not be able to catch everything or tell you about known vulnerabilities within a guaranteed time frame. Diese Funktionen ersetzen nicht die menschliche Überprüfung jeder Abhängigkeit auf potenzielle Sicherheitsrisiken oder andere Probleme. Daher empfehlen wir, einen Sicherheitsdienst zu konsultieren oder bei Bedarf eine gründliche Überprüfung der Sicherheitsrisiken durchzuführen.

Access to Dependabot alerts

You can see all of the alerts that affect a particular project on the repository's Security tab or in the repository's dependency graph. For more information, see "Viewing and updating vulnerable dependencies in your repository."

By default, we notify people with admin permissions in the affected repositories about new Dependabot alerts. GitHub never publicly discloses identified vulnerabilities for any repository. You can also make Dependabot alerts visible to additional people or teams working repositories that you own or have admin permissions for. For more information, see "Managing security and analysis settings for your repository."

To receive notifications about Dependabot alerts on repositories, you need to watch these repositories, and subscribe to receive "All Activity" notifications or configure custom settings to include "Security alerts." For more information, see "Configuring your watch settings for an individual repository."

You can choose the delivery method for notifications, as well as the frequency at which the notifications are sent to you. For more information, see "Configuring notifications for vulnerable dependencies."

You can also see all the Dependabot alerts that correspond to a particular vulnerability in the GitHub Advisory Database. For more information, see "Browsing security vulnerabilities in the GitHub Advisory Database" and "About GitHub Security Advisories."

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