Today, in the modern software development market demand, the implementation of Continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines is no longer an exception. This is because CI/CD pipelines are capable in improving the workflow of software delivery through a fully-automated process efficiently. However, these capabilities do not eliminate the vulnerabilities that exists in the CI/CD pipelines that could possibly compromise the software system.
CI/CD pipelines consists of the combination of various components such as code and image repositories, build servers, containers and third-party tools. that work together to deliver efficient integration and deployment. Thus, the vulnerabilities that exist in the pipelines are related to configuration or management of the pipeline. The vulnerabilities include:
Insecure source code repositories
Source codes should be disclosed from public view to prevent information leaks. Insecure source codes repositories increase opportunities for cybercriminals to get a hold of all developer comments, hard-coded API keys and other sensitive data.
Exposed secrets and credentials in code repositories
It only took a few minutes for cybercriminals to exploit exposed secret and credentials in code repositories and obtain sensitive data such as the information about the server infrastructure, users, permissions, groups, roles, and policies.
Build server and container misconfiguration
While not all misconfigurations platforms are vulnerable to exploits, there are findings which shows that basic misconfiguration practice exist and can leave organisations to become vulnerable to further compromising events.
Lack of updates to operating systems, runtimes and tools
Regular updates toperating systems, runtimes and tools includes patches and bug fixes. Lack of updates creates security holes in the operating system and software programs.
Lack of monitoring tools or maintenance
Without proper monitoring tools, the operational efficiency cannot be maintained and also unplanned downtime may lead to unexpected repair costs such as overtime labor, spare parts, delayed shipments and lost revenue.
All things considered, in order to protect your CI/CD pipelines, you should be able to address the vulnerabilities clearly. Find out the best solution to protect your software program with E-SPIN group.
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