Skip to main content

OWASP Dependency Check - Improve update speed

Yesterday I introduced you the OWASP Dependency check tool as a way to scan your projects against known vulnerabilities. I showed how to add the OWASP Dependency check to your Azure DevOps build pipeline.

What I didn’t mention yesterday is that executing the OWASP Dependency Check can be really slow. This is because before it can start a scan, it needs to download a vulnerability database.

The tool uses the National Vulnerability Database(NVD) provided by NIST.

So the first time you run the task, it can happen that you get a timeout like below:

The good news is that you can improve the download speed by requesting an API key from the NVD website. Therefore use the following link: https://nvd.nist.gov/developers/request-an-api-key.

Once you have received your API key, you can update the OWASP Dependency Check task in your build pipeline to use it:

Popular posts from this blog

DevToys–A swiss army knife for developers

As a developer there are a lot of small tasks you need to do as part of your coding, debugging and testing activities.  DevToys is an offline windows app that tries to help you with these tasks. Instead of using different websites you get a fully offline experience offering help for a large list of tasks. Many tools are available. Here is the current list: Converters JSON <> YAML Timestamp Number Base Cron Parser Encoders / Decoders HTML URL Base64 Text & Image GZip JWT Decoder Formatters JSON SQL XML Generators Hash (MD5, SHA1, SHA256, SHA512) UUID 1 and 4 Lorem Ipsum Checksum Text Escape / Unescape Inspector & Case Converter Regex Tester Text Comparer XML Validator Markdown Preview Graphic Color B

Help! I accidently enabled HSTS–on localhost

I ran into an issue after accidently enabling HSTS for a website on localhost. This was not an issue for the original website that was running in IIS and had a certificate configured. But when I tried to run an Angular app a little bit later on http://localhost:4200 the browser redirected me immediately to https://localhost . Whoops! That was not what I wanted in this case. To fix it, you need to go the network settings of your browser, there are available at: chrome://net-internals/#hsts edge://net-internals/#hsts brave://net-internals/#hsts Enter ‘localhost’ in the domain textbox under the Delete domain security policies section and hit Delete . That should do the trick…

Azure DevOps/ GitHub emoji

I’m really bad at remembering emoji’s. So here is cheat sheet with all emoji’s that can be used in tools that support the github emoji markdown markup: All credits go to rcaviers who created this list.