Search Vulnerabilities

How to Check for Vulnerabilities Affecting Your Project

The CVE-Search service of SW360 checks for vulnerabilities that affect releases present in SW360. The CVE-search service runs automatically at the time that has been scheduled by one of the SW360-admins. Typically, this will happen at night. So, in the beginning, SW360 does not know any vulnerabilities for your project.

Vulnerabilites in the Project Portlet

After a CVE-search run has been finished, you can see the number of vulnerabilities associated with your project in the Projects Portlet. To that end, open the Projects Portlet and click on your project:

In the Vulnerabilities tab on the left hand side, you see the number of vulnerabilites that have been found for the releases that are directly linked to your project. Actually, you see two numbers. The left number indicates how many vulnerabilities have not been evaluated or rated for this project yet. Whenever this number is positive, the bullet surrounding the numbers will be red. Otherwise the bullet is grey.

The Vulnerabilities Tab

To view (and to rate the vulnerabilities for the project), click on the Vulnerabilities Tab. A list of vulnerabilities occurs. Each vulnerability has been found for one of the releases that are directly linked to your project. In the first column, you see the name of that release.

By clicking on the external id of a vulnerability, you can view the details of the vulnerability in the Vulnerability Portlet. More details about the Vulnerability Portlet can be found here. The column Priority contains no special information when using CVE-Search, it is used when importing vulnerability information from different sources. In the column Matched By, you see the distance with which the vulnerability was found, and in the mouse-over the corresponding needle is displayed. Below the table, you see a report about how many vulnerabilities in your project were found with which distance by heuristics and how many of them have been found by a matching CPE respectively. For more details on distances, matches and needles, click here. In the column Title, the External id is repeated, and in the mouse-over, you can read the description of the vulnerability.

Evaluating Vulnerabilities for your Project

If you are allowed to edit the project, you can also rate the relevance of the vulnerability for your project. In this case, the column Relevance for project contains drop-down menus, where you can select a rating for each vulnerability (compare here). To change the rating for a project, simply select a different value from the drop-down menu, enter a comment and click OK.

In order to update the number of checked and unchecked vulnerabilities in the bullet of the Vulnerability tab, you have to reload. After that, you can also view the history of rating changes in the mouse-over of the corresponding vulnerability, see also here.

You can also view the vulnerabilities associated with a component and those associated with a release in the Components Portlet. CVE Search associates vulnerabilities with a release in SW360 based on the data that SW360 knows for that release. For a release, a security admin or an admin can judge whether a vulnerability does indeed refer to the release. Vulnerabilities that have been classified as INCORRECT by an admin or security admin are not displayed to USERs any more and therefore do not distort the picture for your project.

Last modified June 22, 2022: SW360 website remodeling (#9) (032e0f6)