Scan Types for Supply Chain Security Tools - Scan

This topic tells you what scan types you can use with Scan Types for Supply Chain Security Tools (SCST) - Scan. The out-of-box test and scan supply chain supports the Source and container image scan types.

Source scan

The source scan step in the test and scan supply chain performs a Software Composition Analysis (SCA) scan to inspect the open source dependencies of an application for vulnerabilities. You perform this by inspecting the file that the language uses for dependency declaration. For example:

Language Dependency File
Spring pom.xml
.Net deps.json
Node.JS packages.json
Python requirements.txt

Rather than declare specific dependency versions, some languages such as Spring, Java, and .Net resolve dependency versions at build time. For these languages, performing a SCA scan on the declaration file stored in the source code does not produce meaningful results, often creating false positives or false negatives.

Due to this, in Tanzu Application Platform 1.6, the source scan step is moved to an opt-in step in the supply chain.

Adding Source Scan to the Test and Scan Supply Chain

To add source scanning to the out-of-the-box test and scan supply chain, you can apply an overlay in your install tap-values.yaml. This overlay adds the required resources to the supply chain in the correct location to opt-in to source scanning.

For information about how overlays work with Tanzu Application Platform, see Customize your package installation.

To add source scanning to the default out-of-the-box test and scan supply chain:

  1. Create a secret.yml file with a Secret that contains your ytt overlay. For example:

    #@ load("@ytt:overlay", "overlay")
    #@overlay/match by=overlay.subset({"metadata":{"name":"source-test-scan-to-url"}, "kind": "ClusterSupplyChain"})
       #@overlay/match by=overlay.index(2)
       #@overlay/insert before=True
          - name: source-scanner
            - default: scan-policy
              name: scanning_source_policy
            - default: blob-source-scan-template
              name: scanning_source_template
            - name: source
              resource: source-tester
              kind: ClusterSourceTemplate
              name: source-scanner-template
          #@overlay/match by="name"
          - name: image-provider
            #@overlay/match by="name"
            - name: source
              resource: source-scanner

    For information about ytt overlays, see the Carvel documentation.

  2. Apply the Secret to your cluster:

    kubectl apply -f secret.yml
  3. Update your values file to include a package_overlays field:

    - name: ootb-supply-chain-testing-scanning
      - name: ootb-supply-chain-testing-scanning-add-source-scanner
  4. Update Tanzu Application Platform:

    tanzu package installed update tap -p -v 1.7.1  --values-file tap-values.yaml -n tap-install

For a multicluster installation, you must apply this to the build build profile, because that is where the scan components run. For information about Tanzu Application Platform profiles, see Installing Tanzu Application Platform package and profiles.

Container image scan

A container image scan inspects the contents of a built container image for vulnerabilities. This scan is performed on the container image after it is uploaded to the container image registry and on periodic intervals after initial upload. Many container registries, such as Harbor and Docker Hub include this capability.

The Tanzu Application Platform enables scanning container images for vulnerabilities as part of your supply chain, allowing you to prevent deployment of a container image if vulnerabilities are discovered that exceed your security policy.

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