A Jenkins plugin to track steps and create in-toto link metadata
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in-toto Jenkins

This repository contains the source code for the in-toto provenance plugin for Jenkins.

As of now, this is still WIP, although the core features are implemented.


You can compile the plugin by running mvn package (note, make sure you have the in-toto-java jar available. and manually install the .hpi file in your Jenkins installation.

We intend to move this to the plugin site for Jenkins once a more mature implementation is reached.

Usage in free-style projects

This plugin exposes a "post build" entry in the task menu. When selecting it you will be prompted to fill the following information in:

  • stepName: the name of the step for this Jenkins pipeline (more on that later)
  • credentialId: Id of File Credential as the signing key used to sign the link metada. *
  • keyPath: the path to the signing key used to sign the link metadata. *
  • transport: a URI to where to post the metadata upon completion.
  • You should either fill the credentialId or keyPath to assgin a key for signing the link metadata.

Once this is done, the plugin will take care of generating and tracking information of the build process.

Usage in declarative pipelines

You can also use it in declarative pipelines by using the in_toto_wrap syntax. It takes the same arguments as before. For example, to wrap a simple shellscript step you would add the following to your Jenkinisfile:

pipeline {
  agent none

  stages {
    stage('Build') {
      agent { label 'worker 1' }

      steps {
        in_toto_wrap(['stepName': 'Build',
            'credentialId': 'keyId01',
            'transport': 'redis://redis']){
          echo 'Building..'

This will produce a piece of link metadata and post it to a redis server. Currently, we have transport handlers for redis, etcd and an unauthenticated POST request with the link metadata.

If using the keypath parameter, the path must be located on the remote worker. The plugin uses a MasterToSlave handler to serialize in-toto code to capture the in-toto metadata natively in any worker. This both serves to not expose the slave's key unecessarilly in the Master's filesystem and to authenticate any worker that performed the pipeline step.

Using transports:

The transport is chosen by specifying the protocol header on the uri. For example, for a redis transport you'd use redis:// and for an etcd transport you'd specify etcd://. https and http are handled using a generic HTTP POST request with the link metadata as the body of the request.

You can easily extend transports by extending the abstract class Transport in the io.jenkins.plugins.intotorecorder.transport package. Discovery of new handlers is not automatic (yet!) though.


As of now, the current limitations exist:

  • There hasn't been much thorough testing with the pipeline plugin. Although it should work, there may be some rough edges to fix up.
  • If using the credentialId, the metadata will be signed in master.
  • There should be other interesting settings to add (e.g., ignore patterns, etc.). Right now, and due to the way the workspaces are created in Jenknis, the whole of the .git folder is tracked upon execution (which increases the metadata size significantly). A mechanism like .in-totoignore files in the python implementation would be useful