Red Hat Dependency Analytics


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Red Hat Dependency Analytics

Red Hat Dependency Analytics (RHDA) is a Jenkins plug-in developed by Red Hat Inc. RHDA is powered by Snyk Intel Vulnerability DB, which is the most advanced and accurate open source vulnerability database in the industry. It adds value with the latest, fastest and more number of vulnerabilities derived from numerous sources.

'RHDA Report' with Insights about your application dependencies:

  • Flags a security vulnerability(CVE) and suggests a remedial version
  • Shows Github popularity metrics along with latest version
  • Suggests a project level license, check for conflicts between dependency licences
  • AI based guidance for additional, alternative dependencies

The plugin can be used in Jenkins as a pipeline task or as a build step.

How to use the plugin

Admin Steps

1. Install the redhat-dependency-analytics Jenkins plugin

  • From the Jenkins Dashboard, click Manage Jenkins -> Plugins -> Available Plugins.
  • If Maven is not installed, search for Maven Integration, and install the plug in.
  • Search for redhat-dependency-analytics, and install the plug in.
  • Restart Jenkins.

2. Configuration

Make sure that the Path is updated to point to the corresponding executables, like mvn, pip etc.

  • Click on Manage Jenkins -> System, scroll down to Global properties/Environment Variables.
  • Set the corresponding custom path based on your project:
    • For Maven - Set Name: EXHORT_MVN_PATH and Value: /path/to/custom/mvn.
    • For NPM - Set Name: EXHORT_NPM_PATH and Value: /path/to/custom/npm.
    • For GO - Set Name: EXHORT_GO_PATH and Value: /path/to/custom/go.
    • For Python3 - Set Name: EXHORT_PYTHON3_PATH and Value: /path/to/custom/python3.
    • For Pip3 - Set Name: EXHORT_PIP3_PATH and Value: /path/to/custom/pip3.
    • For Python - Set Name: EXHORT_PYTHON_PATH and Value: /path/to/custom/python.
    • For Pip - Set Name: EXHORT_PIP_PATH and Value: /path/to/custom/pip.

If you have a Snyk token, add that as an environment variable:

  • Click on Manage Jenkins -> System, scroll down to Global properties/Environment Variables.
  • Set the variable name to EXHORT_SNYK_TOKEN, and copy-and-paste your Snyk token into the value field.

Option I- As a build step

  • Click on Configure -> Build Trigger -> Add Build Step. Select Invoke Red Hat Dependency Analytics (RHDA).

  • Filepath (Mandatory): Provide the filepath for the manifest file. We currently support the following

    • Maven: pom.xml
    • Python: requirements.txt
    • Npm: package.json
    • Golang: go.mod
  • Usage Statistics (Optional): Consent given to red hat to collect some usage statistics to improve the plugin and report. Default consent is false.

    NOTE: If you get a Java runtime error because the build can not find the mvn binary, try doing the following steps:

    1. From the Jenkins Dashboard, click Manage Jenkins -> Tools -> Maven Installations -> click Add Maven -> Enter a name on Maven Name -> check Install automatically -> click Save
    2. From the Jenkins Dashboard, click Manage Jenkins -> System -> Check Environment Variables, click Add.
    3. Enter EXHORT_MVN_PATH as the variable name, with the value pointing to the mvn binary from the Maven Integration installation. For example, a value of $JENKINS_HOME/tools/hudson.tasks.Maven_MavenInstallation/<Maven Name from Step 1>/bin/mvn.
    4. Include Invoke top-level maven targets as a build step by specifying the Maven version, and add clean install as a goal for the new pipeline item.

Option II- As a pipeline task

  • Its just a single line that you need to add in your pipeline script. rhdaAnalysis file:'manifest file path', consentTelemetry:true The value description remains the same as provided in the Option I. User can also use the pipeline snippet generator to generate the command.
  • It returns 3 different exit status code
    • 0: Analysis is successful and there were no vulnerabilities found in the dependency stack.
    • 1: Analysis encountered an error.
    • 2: Analysis is successful and it found 1 or more vulnerabilities in the dependency stack.


There are a total 3 ways to view the results of the analysis.

1. Console Output

This provides the count and types of vulnerabilities found in the dependency stack. This data is generated for every build and can be viewed in the corresponding console log. It also provides a link to the detailed report.

2. RHDA Stack Report

After every successful analysis, you can find a new icon added in the left panel named RHDA Stack Report . Click on this icon to view the report in graphical form. Here too, we provide a button to redirect to the detailed stack report UI.

3. Detailed RHDA Stack Report

The stack report can be accessed via 2 ways, as mentioned in point number 1 (via url) and 2 (via button click). The report provides comprehensive details about each vulnerability, each dependency in the stack along with the license analysis and the recommended companions.

Snyk Registration

Via SNYK website