Viewing and updating vulnerable dependencies in your repository

If GitHub Enterprise Cloud discovers vulnerable dependencies in your project, you can view them on the Dependabot alerts tab of your repository. Then, you can update your project to resolve or dismiss the vulnerability.

Repository administrators and organization owners can view and update dependencies.

Your repository's Dependabot alerts tab lists all open and closed Dependabot alerts and corresponding Dependabot security updates. You can sort the list of alerts by selecting the drop-down menu, and you can click into specific alerts for more details. For more information, see "About alerts for vulnerable dependencies."

You can enable automatic security updates for any repository that uses Dependabot alerts and the dependency graph. For more information, see "About Dependabot security updates."

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."

About updates for vulnerable dependencies in your repository

GitHub Enterprise Cloud generates Dependabot alerts when we detect that your codebase is using dependencies with known vulnerabilities. For repositories where Dependabot security updates are enabled, when GitHub Enterprise Cloud detects a vulnerable dependency in the default branch, Dependabot creates a pull request to fix it. The pull request will upgrade the dependency to the minimum possible secure version needed to avoid the vulnerability.

Viewing and updating vulnerable dependencies

  1. On, navigate to the main page of the repository.
  2. Under your repository name, click Security. Security tab
  3. In the security sidebar, click Dependabot alerts. Dependabot alerts tab
  4. Click the alert you'd like to view. Alert selected in list of alerts
  5. Review the details of the vulnerability and, if available, the pull request containing the automated security update.
  6. Optionally, if there isn't already a Dependabot security updates update for the alert, to create a pull request to resolve the vulnerability, click Create Dependabot security update. Create Dependabot security update button
  7. When you're ready to update your dependency and resolve the vulnerability, merge the pull request. Each pull request raised by Dependabot includes information on commands you can use to control Dependabot. For more information, see "Managing pull requests for dependency updates."
  8. Optionally, if the alert is being fixed, if it's incorrect, or located in unused code, select the "Dismiss" drop-down, and click a reason for dismissing the alert. Choosing reason for dismissing the alert via the "Dismiss" drop-down

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