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Secure Your Ruby / Rails App with bundler-audit #8

JuanitoFatas opened this Issue Oct 24, 2015 · 0 comments


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JuanitoFatas commented Oct 24, 2015


bundler-audit is a gem which provides patch-level verification for Bundler.

When you use Bundler, a lockfile Gemfile.lock will be generated in your project,
and bundler-audit scans your Gemfile.lock to see if you are:

  • Using a vulnerable version of a gem
  • Installing gems from an insecure source such as http:// or git@

Let's see how we can use bundler-audit.

First, install bundler-audit:

$ gem install bundler-audit

Let's take a look at an example. The following is the output ran against jollygoodcode/dasherize's Gemfile@1eaf973:

$ bundle-audit
Insecure Source URI found: git://
Vulnerabilities found!

Note that the command is bundle-audit instead of bundler-audit.

bundler-audit is warning us that an "Insecure Source URI" has been found, and that's because a gem is installed from an insecure source git:// which could be subjected to MITM attacks.

The solution is to either install the gem from https:// or use a released gem.

How does bundler-audit knows about all the vulnerabilities?

Beneath the hood, bundler-audit is using data from ruby-advisory-db to check your Gemfile.lock. And while bundler-audit comes with a vendored data, you should update the ruby-advisory-db data everytime before you run bundle-audit:

$ bundle-audit update

Hook bundler-audit to your CI Workflow

It's easy to integrate bundler-audit as part of your CI workflow,
and the following steps work for any Ruby projects (doesn't have to be Rails).

First, add a rake Task:

$ touch lib/bundler/audit/task.rb

With following content:

require "rake/tasklib"

module Bundler
  module Audit
    class Task < Rake::TaskLib
      def initialize


      def define
        namespace :bundle do
          desc "Updates the ruby-advisory-db then runs bundle-audit"
          task :audit do
            require "bundler/audit/cli"
            %w(update check).each do |command|
              Bundler::Audit::CLI.start [command]

If you run your specs or tests with rake, add this to Rakefile:

require_relative "lib/bundler/audit/task"

task default: "bundle:audit"

Or any other form of rake file: rakefile, Rakefile, rakefile.rb, Rakefile.rb.

Now when you run rake with this new rake task, rake will first run your tests,
and then update ruby-advisory-db before executing bundle-audit.

Secure your app with bundler-audit today!

The bundler-audit is brought to you by rubysec, kudos to @rubysec & @postmodern.

Thanks for reading!

@JuanitoFatas ✏️ Jolly Good Code

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