Anchore Enterprise Reports API Access

Anchore Enterprise Reports provides a GraphQL API for direct interaction with the service. GraphQL is a query language for APIs and a runtime for fulfilling those queries.

Get started

There are different ways of interacting with the Anchore Enterprise Reports GraphQL API. Following sections highlight two different options for exploring the Anchore Enterprise Reports GraphQL schema with a few examples

Interactive GUI

One of the ways of exploring and testing a GraphQL schema is by using GraphiQL. Anchore Enterprise Reports Service has GraphiQL built-in to the service and enabled by default.

To access it in a running Anchore Enterprise deployment, open http://<servername:port>/v1/reports/graphql in a browser and input your Anchore Engine credentials. Click the Docs tab to view the self-describing schema

Reports GraphQL Schema

In addition to being able to see the API docs, GraphiQL is handy for exploring and constructing queries supported by the backing API. Here is an example of a query for available metrics in the system. Happy querying!

Reports GraphQL Example

Command line using curl

You can also use curl to send HTTP requests to Anchore Enterprise Reports API. To view the schema

$ curl -u <username:password> -X POST "http://<servername:port>/v1/reports/graphql?query=%7B__schema%7BqueryType%7Bname%20description%20fields%7Bname%20description%20args%7Bname%20description%20type%7Bname%20kind%7D%7D%7D%7D%7D%7D%0A"

Pagination

Depending on the size of data set (i.e. number of tags, images etc in the system) results of a query could be very large. Reports service implements pagination for all queries to better handle the volume of the results and respond to the clients within a reasonable amount of time.

Structure of the query contains a metadata object called pageInfo. It is optional but we recommend adding it to all queries

{
  imagesByVulnerability {
    pageInfo {
      nextToken
      count
    }
    results {
      ...
    }
  }
}

The response may return an opaque token or a null value for nextToken

{
  "data": {
    "imagesByVulnerability": {
      "pageInfo": {
        "nextToken": "Q1ZFLTIwMTYtMTAyNjY=",
        "count": 1000
      },
      "results": [
        ...
      ]
    }
  }
}      

A non-null nextToken indicates that results are paginated. To get the next page of results, fire the same query along with the nextToken from the last response as a query parameter

{
  imagesByVulnerability(nextToken: "Q1ZFLTIwMTYtMTAyNjY=") {
    pageInfo {
      nextToken
      count
    }
    results {
      ...
    }
  }
}

Some useful queries

Vulnerability centric queries

  • List vulnerabilities of a specific severity. And include all the images, currently or historically mapped to a tag, affected by each vulnerability

    Use the query’s filter argument for specifying the conditionality. Reports service defaults to the “current” image-tag mapping for computing results. To compute results across all image-tag mappings - current and historic, set the tag filter’s currentOnly attribute to false. Query for vulnerabilities of Critical severity:

    {
      imagesByVulnerability(filter: {vulnerability: {severity: Critical}, tag: {currentOnly: false}}) {
        pageInfo {
          nextToken
        }
        results {
          vulnerabilityId
          links
          imagesCount
          images {
            digest
          }
        }
      }
    }
    

    To get more details such as tag mappings for the image, add the relevant attributes from the schema to the body of the query.

  • List vulnerabilities detected in the last x hours. And include all the images, currently or historically mapped to a tag, affected by each vulnerability

    Use vulnerability filter’s after and before attributes for specifying a time window using UTC timestamps. Query for vulnerabilities detected after/since August 1st 2019:

    {
      imagesByVulnerability(filter: {vulnerability: {after: "2019-08-01T00:00:00"}, tag: {currentOnly: false}}) {
        pageInfo {
          nextToken
        }
        results {
          vulnerabilityId
          images {
            digest
          }
        }
      }
    }
    
  • Given a vulnerability ID, list all the artifacts affected by that vulnerability. And include all the images, currently or historically mapped to a tag, containing the said artifact

    Use vulnerability filter’s id attribute for specifying a vulnerability identifier. Query for vulnerability ID CVE-2019-15213:

    {
      artifactsByVulnerability(filter: {vulnerability: {id: "CVE-2019-15213"}, tag: {currentOnly: false}}) {
        pageInfo {
          nextToken
        }
        results {
          vulnerabilityId
          links
          artifactsCount
          artifacts {
            artifactName
            artifactVersion
            artifactType
            severity
            images {
              digest
            }
          }
        }
      }
    }
    

Policy evaluation centric queries

  • Given a repository, get the policy evaluation results for all the tags currently mapped to an image using the active policy bundle

    Use registry and repository filters for narrowing the results down. Query for docker.io registry and library/node repository:

    {
      policyEvaluationsByTag(filter: {registry: {name: "docker.io"}, repository: {name: "library/node"}}) {
        pageInfo {
          nextToken
        }
        results {
          repositories {
            tagsCount
            tags {
              tagName
              imageDigest
              evaluations {
                result
                reason
              }
            }
          }
        }
      }
    }
    
  • Given a tag, get the policy evaluation history. Include policy evaluations encompassing updates to the tag and the active policy bundle

    Reports service defaults to the “current” state for computing results. To compute results across historic state, a few filter knobs have to be turned

    • tag -> currentOnly set to false instructs the service to include all, current and historic, image tag mappings
    • policyEvaluation -> latestOnly set to false instructs the service to include all, current and historic, policy evaluations
    • policyBundle -> active set to false instructs service to include all, current and historic, active policy bundles
    {
      policyEvaluationsByTag(filter: {registry: {name: "docker.io"}, repository: {name: "library/node"}, tag: {name: "latest", currentOnly: false}, policyEvaluation: {latestOnly: false}, policyBundle: {active: false}}) {
        pageInfo {
          nextToken
        }
        results {
          repositories {
            tags {
              imageDigest
              detectedAt
              current
              evaluations {
                result
                reason
                lastEvaluatedAt
                policyBundle {
                  bundleId
                  bundleDigest
                }
                latest
              }
            }
          }
        }
      }
    }
    

Metric centric queries

  • List all the available metrics

    {
      metrics {
        pageInfo {
          nextToken
        }
        results {
          id
          name
          description
          metricType
        }
      }
    }
    
  • Given a metric ID, list values for that metric within a period of time. Useful for plotting changes over a timescale

    Query for vulnerabilities.tags.all.critical metric between 1st August and 1st September 2019:

    {
      metricData(filter: {metricId: "vulnerabilities.tags.all.critical", start: "2019-08-01T00:00:00", end: "2019-09-01T00:00:00"}) {
        pageInfo {
          nextToken
        }
        results {
          collectedAt
          value
        }
      }
    }