Vulnerability Page

Introduced in GitLab 13.0.

Each vulnerability in a project has a Vulnerability Page, containing details of the vulnerability. The details included vary according to the type of vulnerability.

Details of each vulnerability include:

  • Description
  • When it was detected
  • Current status
  • Available actions
  • Linked issues
  • Actions log

In GitLab 14.3 and later, if the scanner determined the vulnerability to be a false positive, an alert message is included at the top of the vulnerability’s page.

On the vulnerability’s page, you can:

Vulnerability status values

A vulnerability’s status can be:

  • Detected: The default state for a newly discovered vulnerability. Appears as “Needs triage” in the UI.
  • Confirmed: A user has seen this vulnerability and confirmed it to be accurate.
  • Dismissed: A user has seen this vulnerability and dismissed it because it is not accurate or otherwise not to be resolved.
  • Resolved: The vulnerability has been fixed or is no longer present.

Dismissed vulnerabilities are ignored if detected in subsequent scans. Resolved vulnerabilities that are reintroduced and detected by subsequent scans have a new vulnerability record created. When an existing vulnerability is no longer detected in a project’s default branch, you should change its status to Resolved. This ensures that if it is accidentally reintroduced in a future merge, it is reported again as a new record. You can use the Vulnerability Report’s Activity filter to select all vulnerabilities that are no longer detected, and change their status.

Change status of a vulnerability

To change a vulnerability’s status from its Vulnerability Page:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Projects and find your project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Security & Compliance > Vulnerability report.
  3. Select the vulnerability’s description.
  4. From the Status dropdown list select a status, then select Change status.
  5. Optionally, at the bottom of the page, add a comment to the log entry.

Creating an issue for a vulnerability

From a vulnerability’s page you can create an issue to track all action taken to resolve or mitigate it.

You can create either:

Creating a Jira issue requires that Jira integration is enabled on the project. Note that when Jira integration is enabled, the GitLab issue feature is not available.

Create a GitLab issue for a vulnerability

To create a GitLab issue for a vulnerability:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Projects and find your project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Security & Compliance > Vulnerability report.
  3. Select the vulnerability’s description.
  4. Select Create issue.

An issue is created in the project, pre-populated with information from the vulnerability report. The issue is then opened so you can take further action.

Create a Jira issue for a vulnerability

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Prerequisites:

  • Enable Jira integration. The Enable Jira issue creation from vulnerabilities option must be selected as part of the configuration.
  • Each user must have a personal Jira user account with permission to create issues in the target project.

To create a Jira issue for a vulnerability:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Projects and find your project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Security & Compliance > Vulnerability report.
  3. Select the vulnerability’s description.
  4. Select Create Jira issue.
  5. If you’re not already logged in to Jira, log in.

The Jira issue is created and opened in a new browser tab. The Summary and Description fields are pre-populated from the vulnerability’s details.

Unlike GitLab issues, the status of whether a Jira issue is open or closed does not display in the GitLab user interface.

Linking a vulnerability to issues

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If Jira issue support is enabled, GitLab issues are disabled so this feature is not available.

You can link a vulnerability to one or more existing GitLab issues. Adding a link helps track the issue that resolves or mitigates a vulnerability.

Issues linked to a vulnerability are shown in the Vulnerability Report and the vulnerability’s page.

Be aware of the following conditions between a vulnerability and a linked issue:

  • The vulnerability page shows related issues, but the issue page doesn’t show the vulnerability it’s related to.
  • An issue can only be related to one vulnerability at a time.
  • Issues can be linked across groups and projects.

To link a vulnerability to existing issues:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Projects and find your project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Security & Compliance > Vulnerability report.
  3. Select the vulnerability’s description.
  4. In the Linked issues section, select the plus icon ( ).
  5. For each issue to be linked, either:
    • Paste a link to the issue.
    • Enter the issue’s ID (prefixed with a hash #).
  6. Select Add.

The selected issues are added to the Linked issues section, and the linked issues counter is updated.

Resolve a vulnerability

For some vulnerabilities a solution is already known. In those instances, a vulnerability’s page includes a Resolve with merge request option.

The following scanners are supported by this feature:

To resolve a vulnerability, you can either:

Create merge request from vulnerability

Resolve a vulnerability with a merge request

To resolve the vulnerability with a merge request:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Projects and find your project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Security & Compliance > Vulnerability report.
  3. Select the vulnerability’s description.
  4. From the Resolve with merge request dropdown list, select Resolve with merge request.

A merge request is created which applies the patch required to resolve the vulnerability. Process the merge request according to your standard workflow.

Resolve a vulnerability manually

To manually apply the patch that GitLab generated for a vulnerability:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Projects and find your project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Security & Compliance > Vulnerability report.
  3. Select the vulnerability’s description.
  4. From the Resolve with merge request dropdown list, select Download patch to resolve.
  5. Ensure your local project has the same commit checked out that was used to generate the patch.
  6. Run git apply remediation.patch.
  7. Verify and commit the changes to your branch.
  8. Create a merge request to apply the changes to your main branch.
  9. Process the merge request according to your standard workflow.

Enable security training for vulnerabilities

Introduced in GitLab 14.9.

Security training helps your developers learn how to fix vulnerabilities. Developers can view security training from selected educational providers, relevant to the detected vulnerability.

To enable security training for vulnerabilities in your project:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Projects and find your project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Security & Compliance > Configuration.
  3. On the tab bar, select Vulnerability Management.
  4. To enable a security training provider, turn on the toggle.

View security training for a vulnerability

Introduced in GitLab 14.9.

If security training is enabled, the vulnerability page includes a training link relevant to the detected vulnerability.

To view the security training for a vulnerability:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Projects and find your project.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Security & Compliance > Vulnerability report.
  3. Select the vulnerability for which you want to view security training.
  4. Select View training.