Compare Base Image Policy Checks

This feature provides a mechanism to compare the policy checks for an image with those of a base image. You can read more about base images and how to find them here. Base comparison uses the same policy bundle and tag to evaluate both images to ensure a fair comparison. The API yields a response similar to the policy checks API with an additional element within each triggered gate check to indicate whether the result is inherited from the base image.

Usage

This functionality is currently available via the Enterprise UI and API. Watch this space as we add base comparison support in other tools

API

Refer to API Access section for the API specification. The API route for base comparison is GET /enterprise/images/{imageDigest}/check. This API exposes similar path and query parameters as image policy check API GET /images/{imageDigest}/check plus an optional query parameter for supplying the digest of the base image. If the base digest is omitted, the system falls back to evaluating image policy checks without comparing the results to the base image.

Example request using curl to retrieve policy check for an image digest sha256:xyz and tag p/q:r and compare the results to a base image digest sha256:abc

curl -X GET -u {username:password} "http://{servername:port}/v1/enterprise/images/sha256:xyz/check?tag=p/q:r&base_digest=sha256:abc"

Example output:

[
  {
    "sha256:xyz": {
      "p/q:r": [
        {
          "detail": {
            "result": {
              "base_image_digest": "sha256:abc",
              "result": {
                "123": {
                  "result": {
                    "final_action": "stop",
                    "header": [
                      "Image_Id",
                      "Repo_Tag",
                      "Trigger_Id",
                      "Gate",
                      "Trigger",
                      "Check_Output",
                      "Gate_Action",
                      "Whitelisted",
                      "Policy_Id",
                      "Inherited_From_Base"
                    ],
                    "row_count": 2,
                    "rows": [
                      [
                        "123",
                        "p/q:r",
                        "41cb7cdf04850e33a11f80c42bf660b3",
                        "dockerfile",
                        "instruction",
                        "Dockerfile directive 'HEALTHCHECK' not found, matching condition 'not_exists' check",
                        "warn",
                        false,
                        "48e6f7d6-1765-11e8-b5f9-8b6f228548b6",
                        true
                      ],
                      [
                        "123",
                        "p/q:r",
                        "CVE-2019-5435+curl",
                        "vulnerabilities",
                        "package",
                        "MEDIUM Vulnerability found in os package type (APKG) - curl (CVE-2019-5435 - http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2019-5435)",
                        "warn",
                        false,
                        "48e6f7d6-1765-11e8-b5f9-8b6f228548b6",
                        false
                      ]
                    ]
                  }
                },
                ...
              },
              ...
            },
            ...
          },
          ...
        }
      ]
    }
  }
]

Note that header element Inherited_From_Base is a new column in the API response added to support base comparison. The corresponding row element in each item of rows uses a boolean value to indicate whether the gate result is present in the base image. In the above example

  • Dockerfile directive 'HEALTHCHECK' not found, matching condition 'not_exists' check is triggered by both images and hence Inherited_From_Base column is marked true
  • MEDIUM Vulnerability found in os package type (APKG) - curl (CVE-2019-5435 - http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2019-5435) is not triggered by the base image and therefore the value of Inherited_From_Base column is false
Last modified August 30, 2020