GitHub Adds New Tools to Help Developers Secure Code

Microsoft-owned GitHub on Thursday announced the introduction of several new security tools and features designed to help developers secure their code.


The code hosting service in 2017 launched a new security feature designed to warn developers if the software libraries used by their projects contain any known vulnerabilities. Since the introduction of the security alerts has resulted in significantly fewer vulnerable code libraries on the platform, GitHub has continued to make improvements and it has now announced even more enhancements as a result of a partnership with WhiteSource.


The partnership helps GitHub broaden coverage of security flaws in open source projects and allows it to provide even more details that should help developers assess and address vulnerabilities.


Another new tool is Dependency Insights, which helps enterprises gain full visibility into their dependencies — including vulnerabilities and licenses — and better understand their exposure.


GitHub also announced the general availability of its token scanner, through which it scans public repositories in search of tokens have not been accidentally committed. The service can detect exposed credentials for Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Azure, GitHub, Google Cloud, Slack, Mailgun, Twilio and Stripe.


The company also informed users that it has acquired Dependabot, a management tool that helps GitHub users keep their dependencies up to date. Through the integration with Dependabot, first announced earlier this year, a project’s dependencies will be monitored for vulnerabilities and pull requests containing patches will be automatically opened.


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