View scan status conditions

Viewing scan status

You can view the scan status by using kubectl describe on a SourceScan or ImageScan. You can see information about the scan status under the Status field for each scan CR.

Understanding conditions

The Status.Conditions array is populated with the scan status information during and after scanning execution, and the policy validation (if defined for the scan) after the results are available.

Condition types for the scans


The Condition with type Scanning indicates the execution of the scanning job. The Status field indicates whether the scan is still running or has already finished (i.e., if Status: True, the scan job is still running; if Status: False, the scan is done).

The Reason field is JobStarted while the scanning is running and JobFinished when it is done.

The Message field can either be The scan job is running or The scan job terminated depending on the current Status and Reason.


The Condition with type Succeeded indicates the scanning job result. The Status field indicates whether the scan finished successfully or if it encountered an error (i.e., the status is Status: True if it completed successfully or Status: False otherwise).

The Reason field is JobFinished if the scanning was successful or Error if otherwise.

The Message and Error fields have more information about the last seen status of the scan job.


The condition with type SendingResults indicates sending the scan results to the metadata store. In addition to a successful process of sending the results, the condition may also indicate that the metadata store integration has not been configured or that there was an error sending. An error would usually be a misconfigured metadata store url or that the metadata store is inaccessible. Check the installation steps to ensure the configuration is correct regarding secrets being set within the scan-link-system namespace.


The Condition with type PolicySucceeded indicates the compliance of the scanning results against the defined policies (see Code Compliance Policy Enforcement using Open Policy Agent (OPA). The Status field indicates whether the results are compliant or not (Status: True or Status: False respectively) or Status: Unknown in case an error occurred during the policy verification.

The Reason field is EvaluationPassed if the scan complies with the defined policies. The Reason field is EvaluationFailed if the scan is not compliant, or Error if something went wrong.

The Message and Error fields are populated with An error has occurred and an error message if something went wrong during policy verification. Otherwise, the Message field displays No CVEs were found that violated the policy if there are no non-compliant vulnerabilities found or Policy violated because of X CVEs indicating the count of unique vulnerabilities found.

Understanding CVECount

The status.CVECount is populated with the number of CVEs in each category (CRITICAL, HIGH, MEDIUM, LOW, UNKNOWN) and the total (CVETOTAL).

Note: You can also view scan CVE summary in print columns with kubectl get on a SourceScan or ImageScan.

Understanding MetadataURL

The status.metadataURL is populated with the url of the vulnerability scan results in the metadata store integration. This is only available when the integration is configured.

Understanding Phase

The status.phase field is populated with the current phase of the scan. The phases are: Pending, Scanning, Completed, Failed, and Error.

  • Pending: initial phase of the scan.
  • Scanning: execution of the scan job is running.
  • Completed: scan completed and no CVEs were found that violated the scanpolicy.
  • Failed: scan completed but CVEs were found that violated the scan policy.
  • Error: indication of an error (e.g., an invalid scantemplate or scanpolicy).

Note: The PHASE print column also shows this with kubectl get on a SourceScan or ImageScan.

Understanding ScannedBy

The status.scannedBy field is populated with the name, vendor, and scanner version that generates the security assessment report.

Understanding ScannedAt

The status.scannedAt field is populated with the latest date when the scanning was successfully finished.

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