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How we use Snyk

Snyk is a wonderful service and program to monitor dependencies that have security issues. While not all dependencies are high profile enough to make this a replacement for vetting dependencies, it helps tremendously with keeping up with container image updates.

Snyk monitors both our container images on Docker Hub as well as our Go dependencies from the go.mod files.


The Go monitoring in Snyk is a bit finicky, so when a vulnerable library is discovered we add a replace section to the go.mod file as follows:

// Fixes CVE-2020-9283
replace ( v0.0.0-20190308221718-c2843e01d9a2 => v0.0.0-20210220033148-5ea612d1eb83 v0.0.0-20191011191535-87dc89f01550 => v0.0.0-20210220033148-5ea612d1eb83 v0.0.0-20200220183623-bac4c82f6975 => v0.0.0-20210220033148-5ea612d1eb83 v0.0.0-20200622213623-75b288015ac9 => v0.0.0-20210220033148-5ea612d1eb83

This is done even if the vulnerable library is not ultimately used. The reason for this is part added safety, and in other part to satisfy Snyk.

When vulnerable container images are discovered we update our appropriate repositories, while in case of Go library vulnerabilities we release a new version.