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Administración de alertas del examen de secretos

Puedes ver y cerrar las alertas para los secretos que se hayan revisado en tu repositorio.

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People with admin access to a public repository can view and dismiss secret scanning alerts for the repository.

Secret scanning alerts for partners runs automatically on public repositories and public npm packages to notify service providers about leaked secrets on GitHub.com.

Secret scanning alerts for users are available for free on all public repositories. Organizations using GitHub Enterprise Cloud with a license for GitHub Advanced Security can also enable secret scanning alerts for users on their private and internal repositories. For more information, see "About secret scanning" and "About GitHub Advanced Security."

For information about how you can try GitHub Enterprise with GitHub Advanced Security for free, see "Setting up a trial of GitHub Enterprise Cloud" and "Setting up a trial of GitHub Advanced Security" in the GitHub Enterprise Cloud documentation.

Managing secret scanning alerts

Note: Alerts are created only for repositories with secret scanning alerts for users enabled. Secrets found in public repositories and public npm packages using the free secret scanning alerts for partners service are reported directly to the partner, without creating an alert. For more information, see "Secret scanning patterns."

  1. On GitHub.com, navigate to the main page of the repository.

  2. Under the repository name, click Security. If you cannot see the "Security" tab, select the dropdown menu, and then click Security. Screenshot of a repository header showing the tabs. The "Security" tab is highlighted by a dark orange outline.

  3. In the left sidebar, under "Vulnerability alerts", click Secret scanning.

  4. Optionally, to see which alerts are the result of a user bypassing push protection, select the "Bypassed" dropdown menu, then click True.

  5. Under "Secret scanning", click the alert you want to view.

  6. Optionally, if the leaked secret is a GitHub token, you can also review the token metadata. For more information on reviewing token metadata, see "Reviewing GitHub token metadata."

  7. To dismiss an alert, select the "Close as" dropdown menu and click a reason for resolving an alert.

    Screenshot of a secret scanning alert. A dropdown menu, titled "Close as", is expanded and highlighted in a dark orange outline.

  8. Optionally, in the "Comment" field, add a dismissal comment. The dismissal comment will be added to the alert timeline and can be used as justification during auditing and reporting. You can view the history of all dismissed alerts and dismissal comments in the alert timeline. You can also retrieve or set a comment by using the Secret scanning API. The comment is contained in the resolution_comment field. For more information, see "Secret scanning" in the REST API documentation.

  9. Click Close alert.

Reviewing GitHub token metadata

Note: Metadata for GitHub tokens is currently in public beta and subject to change.

In the view for an active GitHub token alert, you can review certain metadata about the token. This metadata may help you identify the token and decide what remediation steps to take. For more information on viewing individual alerts, see "Managing secret scanning alerts."

Tokens, like personal access token and other credentials, are considered personal information. For more information about using GitHub tokens, see GitHub's Privacy Statement and Acceptable Use Policies.

Screenshot of the UI for a GitHub token, showing the token metadata.

Metadata for GitHub tokens is available for active tokens in any repository with secret scanning enabled. If a token has been revoked or its status cannot be validated, metadata will not be available. GitHub auto-revokes GitHub tokens in public repositories, so metadata for GitHub tokens in public repositories is unlikely to be available. The following metadata is available for active GitHub tokens:

MetadataDescription
Secret nameThe name given to the GitHub token by its creator
Secret ownerThe GitHub handle of the token's owner
Created onDate the token was created
Expired onDate the token expired
Last used onDate the token was last used
AccessWhether the token has organization access

Securing compromised secrets

Once a secret has been committed to a repository, you should consider the secret compromised. GitHub recommends the following actions for compromised secrets:

  • For a compromised GitHub personal access token, delete the compromised token, create a new token, and update any services that use the old token. For more information, see "Managing your personal access tokens."
  • For all other secrets, first verify that the secret committed to GitHub is valid. If so, create a new secret, update any services that use the old secret, and then delete the old secret.

Note: If a secret is detected in a public repository on GitHub.com and the secret also matches a partner pattern, an alert is generated and the potential secret is reported to the service provider. For details of partner patterns, see "Secret scanning patterns."

Configuring notifications for secret scanning alerts

Notifications are different for incremental scans and historical scans.

Incremental scans

When a new secret is detected, GitHub notifies all users with access to security alerts for the repository according to their notification preferences. These users include:

  • Repository administrators
  • Security managers
  • Users with custom roles with read/write access
  • Organization owners and enterprise owners, if they are administrators of repositories where secrets were leaked

Note: Commit authors who've accidentally committed secrets will be notified, regardless of their notification preferences.

You will receive an email notification if:

  • You are watching the repository.
  • You have enabled notifications for "All Activity", or for custom "Security alerts" on the repository.
  • In your notification settings, under "Subscriptions", then under "Watching", you have selected to receive notifications by email.
  1. On GitHub.com, navigate to the main page of the repository.

  2. To start watching the repository, select Watch.

    Screenshot of the repository's main page. A dropdown menu, titled "Watch", is highlighted with an orange outline.

  3. In the dropdown menu, click All Activity. Alternatively, to only subscribe to security alerts, click Custom, then click Security alerts.

  4. Navigate to the notification settings for your personal account. These are available at https://github.com/settings/notifications.

  5. On your notification settings page, under "Subscriptions", then under "Watching", select the Notify me dropdown.

  6. Select "Email" as a notification option, then click Save.

    Screenshot of the notification settings for a user account. An element header, titled "Subscriptions", and a sub-header, titled "Watching", are shown. A checkbox, titled "Email", is highlighted with an orange outline.

For more information about setting up notification preferences, see "Managing security and analysis settings for your repository" and "Configuring your watch settings for an individual repository."

Historical scans

For historical scans, GitHub notifies the following users:

  • Organization owners, enterprise owners, and security managers—whenever a historical scan is complete, even if no secrets are found.
  • Repository administrators, security managers, and users with custom roles with read/write access—whenever a historical scan detects a secret, and according to their notification preferences.

We do not notify commit authors.

For more information about setting up notification preferences, see "Managing security and analysis settings for your repository" and "Configuring your watch settings for an individual repository."

Auditing responses to secret scanning alerts

You can audit the actions taken in response to secret scanning alerts using GitHub tools. For more information, see "Auditing security alerts."