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Triaging code scanning alerts in pull requests

When code scanning identifies a problem in a pull request, you can review the highlighted code and resolve the alert.

Who can use this feature

If you have read permission for a repository, you can see annotations on pull requests. With write permission, you can see detailed information and resolve code scanning alerts for that repository.

Code scanning is available for all public repositories on Code scanning is also available for private repositories owned by organizations that use GitHub Enterprise Cloud and have a license for GitHub Advanced Security. Para más información, consulte "Acerca de GitHub Advanced Security".

About code scanning results on pull requests

In repositories where code scanning is configured as a pull request check, code scanning checks the code in the pull request. By default, this is limited to pull requests that target the default branch, but you can change this configuration within GitHub Actions or in a third-party CI/CD system. If merging the changes would introduce new code scanning alerts to the target branch, the alerts are reported in multiple places.

  • Check results in the pull request
  • The Conversation tab of the pull request, as part of a pull request review
  • The Files changed tab of the pull request

If you have write permission for the repository, you can see any existing code scanning alerts on the Security tab. For information about repository alerts, see "Managing code scanning alerts for your repository."

In repositories where code scanning is configured to scan each time code is pushed, code scanning will also map the results to any open pull requests and add the alerts as annotations in the same places as other pull request checks. For more information, see "Scanning on push."

If your pull request targets a protected branch that uses code scanning, and the repository owner has configured required status checks, then the "Code scanning results" check must pass before you can merge the pull request. For more information, see "About protected branches."

About code scanning as a pull request check

There are many options for configuring code scanning as a pull request check, so the exact setup of each repository will vary and some will have more than one check.

Code scanning results check

For all configurations of code scanning, the check that contains the results of code scanning is: Code scanning results. The results for each analysis tool used are shown separately. Any new alerts caused by changes in the pull request are shown as annotations.

To see the full set of alerts for the analyzed branch, click View all branch alerts. This opens the full alert view where you can filter all the alerts on the branch by type, severity, tag, etc. For more information, see "Managing code scanning alerts for your repository."

Code scanning results check on a pull request

Code scanning results check failures

If the code scanning results check finds any problems with a severity of error, critical, or high, the check fails and the error is reported in the check results. If all the results found by code scanning have lower severities, the alerts are treated as warnings or notes and the check succeeds.

Failed code scanning check on a pull request

You can override the default behavior in your repository settings, by specifying the level of severities and security severities that will cause a pull request check failure. For more information, see "Defining the severities causing pull request check failure".

Other code scanning checks

Depending on your configuration, you may see additional checks running on pull requests with code scanning configured. These are usually workflows that analyze the code or that upload code scanning results. These checks are useful for troubleshooting when there are problems with the analysis.

For example, if the repository uses the CodeQL analysis workflow a CodeQL / Analyze (LANGUAGE) check is run for each language before the results check runs. The analysis check may fail if there are configuration problems, or if the pull request breaks the build for a language that the analysis needs to compile (for example, C/C++, C#, or Java).

As with other pull request checks, you can see full details of the check failure on the Checks tab. For more information about configuring and troubleshooting, see "Configuring code scanning" or "Troubleshooting the CodeQL workflow."

Viewing an alert on your pull request

You can see any code scanning alerts introduced in a pull request by viewing the Conversation tab. Code scanning posts a pull request review that shows each alert as an annotation on the lines of code that triggered the alert. You can comment on the alerts, dismiss the alerts, and view paths for the alerts, directly from the annotations. You can view the full details of an alert by clicking the "Show more details" link, which will take you to the alert details page.

Alert annotation within a pull request Conversations tab

You can also view all code scanning alerts in the Files changed tab of the pull request. Existing code scanning alerts on a file that are outside the diff of the changes introduced in the pull request will only appear in the Files changed tab.

If you have write permission for the repository, some annotations contain links with extra context for the alert. In the example above, from CodeQL analysis, you can click user-provided value to see where the untrusted data enters the data flow (this is referred to as the source). In this case you can also view the full path from the source to the code that uses the data (the sink) by clicking Show paths. This makes it easy to check whether the data is untrusted or if the analysis failed to recognize a data sanitization step between the source and the sink. For information about analyzing data flow using CodeQL, see "About data flow analysis."

To see more information about an alert, users with write permission can click the Show more details link shown in the annotation. This allows you to see all of the context and metadata provided by the tool in an alert view. In the example below, you can see tags showing the severity, type, and relevant common weakness enumerations (CWEs) for the problem. The view also shows which commit introduced the problem.

El estado y los detalles de la página de alertas solo reflejan el estado de la alerta en la rama predeterminada del repositorio, incluso si la alerta existe en otras ramas. Puede ver el estado de la alerta en ramas no predeterminadas en la sección Ramas afectadas del lado derecho de la página de alertas. Si una alerta no existe en la rama predeterminada, el estado de la alerta se mostrará como "en la solicitud de incorporación de cambios" o "en la rama", y tendrá un color gris.

In the detailed view for an alert, some code scanning tools, like CodeQL analysis, also include a description of the problem and a Show more link for guidance on how to fix your code.

Alert description and link to show more information

Commenting on an alert in a pull request

You can comment on any code scanning alert introduced by the changes in a pull request. Alerts appear as annotations in the Conversation tab of a pull request, as part of a pull request review, and also are shown in the Files changed tab. You can only comment on alerts introduced by the changes in a pull request. Existing code scanning alerts, on files that are outside the changes introduced in the pull request, will appear in the Files changed tab but cannot be commented on.

You can choose to require all conversations in a pull request, including those on code scanning alerts, to be resolved before a pull request can be merged. For more information, see "About protected branches."

Fixing an alert on your pull request

Anyone with push access to a pull request can fix a code scanning alert that's identified on that pull request. If you commit changes to the pull request this triggers a new run of the pull request checks. If your changes fix the problem, the alert is closed and the annotation removed.

Dismissing an alert on your pull request

An alternative way of closing an alert is to dismiss it. You can dismiss an alert if you don't think it needs to be fixed. Por ejemplo, un error en el código que se utiliza únicamente para hacer pruebas, o cuando el esfuerzo de areglar el error es mayor que el beneficio potencial de mejorar el código. If you have write permission for the repository, the Dismiss button is available in code annotations and in the alerts summary. When you click Dismiss you will be prompted to choose a reason for closing the alert.

Screenshot of code scanning alert with dropdown to choose dismissal reason emphasized

Es importante elegir la razón adecuada del menú desplegable, ya que esto puede afectar si la consulta continuará incluyéndose en los análisis futuros. Opcionalmente, puedes comentar un descarte para registrar el contexto del descarte de una alerta. El comentario de descarte se agrega a la escala de tiempo de la alerta y se puede usar como justificación durante el proceso de auditoría y creación de informes. Puedes recuperar o establecer un comentario mediante la API REST de examen de código. El comentario se incluye en dismissed_comment para el punto de conexión alerts/{alert_number}. Para obtener más información, consulta "Examen de código".

Si descartas una alerta de CodeQL como consecuencia de un resultado de falso positivo, por ejemplo, porque el código utiliza una biblioteca de sanitización que no es compatible, considera contribuir con el repositorio de CodeQL y mejorar el análisis. Para más información sobre CodeQL, vea "Contribución a CodeQL".

For more information about dismissing alerts, see "Managing code scanning alerts for your repository."