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MixAudit provides a mix deps.audit task to scan Mix dependencies for security vulnerabilities.
It draw its inspiration from tools like npm audit and bundler-audit.


Project dependency

Add mix_audit to the deps function in your project’s mix.exs file:

defp deps do
    {:mix_audit, "~> 2.0", only: [:dev, :test], runtime: false}

Then run mix do deps.get, deps.compile inside your project’s directory.

Local escript

If you do not wish to include mix_audit in your project dependencies, you can install it as global escript:

$ mix escript.install hex mix_audit
* creating …/.mix/escripts/mix_audit

The only difference is that instead of using the mix deps.audit task, you will have to use the created executable.


To generate a security report, you can use the deps.audit Mix task:

$ mix deps.audit


Option Type Default Description
--path String Current directory The root path of the project to audit
--format String "human" The format of the report to generate ("json" or "human")
--ignore-advisory-ids String "" Comma-separated list of advisory IDs to ignore
--ignore-package-names String "" Comma-separated list of package names to ignore


How does it work?

MixAudit builds two lists when it’s executed in a project:

  1. A list of security advisories fetched from the GitHub-sourced elixir-security-advisories repository
  2. A list of Mix dependencies from the various mix.lock files in the project

Then, it loops through each project dependency and tries to find security advisories that apply to it (through its package name) and that match its version specification (through the advisory vulnerable version ranges).

If one is found, a vulnerability (the combination of a security advisory and a project dependency) is then added to the report.

The task will exit with a 0 status only if the report passes (ie. it reports no vulnerabilities). Otherwise, it will exit with a 1 status.


MixAudit is © 2020 Mirego and may be freely distributed under the New BSD license. See the file.

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🕵️‍♀️ MixAudit provides a mix deps.audit task to scan a project Mix dependencies for known Elixir security vulnerabilities