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OWASP dependency-check is a software composition analysis utility that detects publicly disclosed vulnerabilities in application dependencies.
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Dependency-Check is a Software Composition Analysis (SCA) tool that attempts to detect publicly disclosed vulnerabilities contained within a project's dependencies. It does this by determining if there is a Common Platform Enumeration (CPE) identifier for a given dependency. If found, it will generate a report linking to the associated CVE entries.

Documentation and links to production binary releases can be found on the github pages. Additionally, more information about the architecture and ways to extend dependency-check can be found on the wiki.

Current Releases

Jenkins Plugin

For instructions on the use of the Jenkins plugin please see the OWASP Dependency-Check Plugin page.

Command Line

More detailed instructions can be found on the dependency-check github pages. The latest CLI can be downloaded from bintray's dependency-check page.

On *nix

$ ./bin/ -h
$ ./bin/ --project Testing --out . --scan [path to jar files to be scanned]

On Windows

> .\bin\dependency-check.bat -h
> .\bin\dependency-check.bat --project Testing --out . --scan [path to jar files to be scanned]

On Mac with Homebrew

$ brew update && brew install dependency-check
$ dependency-check -h
$ dependency-check --project Testing --out . --scan [path to jar files to be scanned]

Maven Plugin

More detailed instructions can be found on the dependency-check-maven github pages. By default, the plugin is tied to the verify phase (i.e. mvn verify). Alternatively, one can directly invoke the plugin via mvn org.owasp:dependency-check-maven:check.

The dependency-check plugin can be configured using the following:


Ant Task

For instructions on the use of the Ant Task, please see the dependency-check-ant github page.

Development Usage

The following instructions outline how to compile and use the current snapshot. While every intention is to maintain a stable snapshot it is recommended that the release versions listed above be used.

The repository has some large files due to test resources. The team has tried to clean up the history as much as possible. However, it is recommended that you perform a shallow clone to save yourself time:

git clone --depth 1

On *nix

$ mvn -s settings.xml install
$ ./cli/target/release/bin/ -h
$ ./cli/target/release/bin/ --project Testing --out . --scan ./src/test/resources

On Windows

> mvn -s settings.xml install
> .\dependency-check-cli\target\release\bin\dependency-check.bat -h
> .\dependency-check-cli\target\release\bin\dependency-check.bat --project Testing --out . --scan ./src/test/resources

Then load the resulting 'dependency-check-report.html' into your favorite browser.


In the following example it is assumed that the source to be checked is in the current working directory. Persistent data and report directories are used, allowing you to destroy the container after running.



if [ ! -d "$DATA_DIRECTORY" ]; then
    echo "Initially creating persistent directories"
    mkdir -p "$DATA_DIRECTORY"
    chmod -R 664 "$DATA_DIRECTORY"

    mkdir -p "$REPORT_DIRECTORY"
    chmod -R 664 "$REPORT_DIRECTORY"

# Make sure we are using the latest version
docker pull owasp/dependency-check

docker run --rm \
    --volume $(pwd):/src \
    --volume "$DATA_DIRECTORY":/usr/share/dependency-check/data \
    --volume "$REPORT_DIRECTORY":/report \
    owasp/dependency-check \
    --scan /src \
    --format "ALL" \
    --project "My OWASP Dependency Check Project" \
    --out /report
    # Use suppression like this: (/src == $pwd)
    # --suppression "/src/security/dependency-check-suppression.xml"

Building From Source

To build dependency-check run the command:

mvn -s settings.xml install

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Copyright & License

Dependency-Check is Copyright (c) 2012-2017 Jeremy Long. All Rights Reserved.

Permission to modify and redistribute is granted under the terms of the Apache 2.0 license. See the LICENSE.txt file for the full license.

Dependency-Check makes use of several other open source libraries. Please see the NOTICE.txt file for more information.

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