Modern applications leverage the availability of existing components for use as building blocks in application development. By using existing components, organizations can dramatically decrease time-to-market. Reusing existing components however, comes at a cost. Organizations that build on top of existing components assume risk for software they did not create. Vulnerabilities in third-party components are inherited by all applications that use those components. The OWASP Top Ten (2013 and 2017) both recognize the risk of using components with known vulnerabilities.
Dependency-Track is a Software Composition Analysis (SCA) platform that keeps track of all third-party components used in all the applications an organization creates or consumes. It integrates with multiple vulnerability databases including the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), NPM Public Advisories (NPM), Sonatype OSS Index, and VulnDB from Risk Based Security. Dependency-Track monitors all applications in its portfolio in order to proactively identify vulnerabilities in components that are placing your applications at risk. Use of Dependency-Track can play a vital role in an overall Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management (C-SCRM) program by fulfilling many of the recommendations laid out by SAFECode.
Dependency-Track is designed to be used in an automated DevOps environment where BoM (bill-of-material) formats are automatically ingested during CI/CD. Use of the Dependency-Track Jenkins Plugin is highly recommended for this purpose and is well suited for use in Jenkins Pipeline. In such an environment, Dependency-Track enables your DevOps teams to accelerate while still keeping tabs on component usage and any inherited risk.
Dependency-Track can also be used to monitor vulnerabilities in COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) software.
- Increases visibility into the use of vulnerable and outdated components
- Flexible data model supporting an unlimited number of projects and components
- Tracks vulnerabilities and inherited risk
- by component
- by project
- across entire portfolio
- Tracks usage of out-of-date components
- Includes a comprehensive auditing workflow for triaging results
- Configurable notifications supporting Slack, Microsoft Teams, Webhooks, and Email
- Supports standardized SPDX license ID’s and tracks license use by component
- Supports CycloneDX and SPDX bill-of-material formats and Dependency-Check XML
- Easy to read metrics for components, projects, and portfolio
- Provides a reliable mirror of the NVD data feed
- API-first design facilitates easy integration with other systems
- API documentation available in Swagger 2.0 (OpenAPI 3 support coming soon)
- Supports internally managed users, Active Directory/LDAP, and API Keys
- Simple to install and configure. Get up and running in just a few minutes