Jun 16, 2020 by Thibault Debatty | 2344 views
Besides avoiding bug and vulnerabilities in your own code base, creating a secure app requires you make sure that your app doesn't rely on a library that contains vulnerabilities. In any modern project, you will have hundreds of them! Here comes OWASP dependency check to the rescue!
This tool will recursively check all dependencies of your project and compare them to the NVD (National Vulnerabilities Database) maintained by NIST.
To use OWASP dependency check, simply add the following snippet to your pom.xml:
<!-- dependency check --> <plugin> <groupId>org.owasp</groupId> <artifactId>dependency-check-maven</artifactId> <version>5.3.2</version> <configuration> <failBuildOnCVSS>7</failBuildOnCVSS> </configuration> <executions> <execution> <goals> <goal>check</goal> </goals> </execution> </executions> </plugin>
With this configuration:
You can also manually run the dependency check with:
At the first execution, maven dependency check will download the CVSS database (roughly 100MB). This may take some time... The database will saved in
~/.m2/repository/org/owasp/dependency-check-data/. Hence, for the following executions, only available updates will be downloaded.
After execution, the full report will be located in target/dependency-check-report.html
If the security notification concerns a direct dependency, it should be quite easy to fix it. Simply update your dependency in your pom.xml.
If the problem concerns an indirect dependency, you can use maven dependency tree to find which of your direct dependencies is causing the issue and should be updated:
Finally, if there is no update available for your direct dependency, you can still force a more recent version of the indirect library by adding a dependencyManagement section to your pom.xml:
<dependencyManagement> <dependencies> <!-- Manually upgrade commons-beanutils to fix vulnerability CVE-2019-10086. Currently, the vulnerable version is only used by com.opencsv:opencsv. When the common-beanutils are upgraded in this dependency, we can remove this workaround. --> <dependency> <groupId>commons-beanutils</groupId> <artifactId>commons-beanutils</artifactId> <version>1.9.4</version> </dependency> </dependencies> </dependencyManagement>