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Vulnerability Scanners

Vulnerability scanning is an important way to identify and remediate security gaps in Kubernetes workloads. The process involves scanning container images to check all software on them and report any vulnerabilities found.

Starboard Operator automatically discovers and scans all images that are being used in a Kubernetes cluster, including images of application pods and system pods. Scan reports are saved as VulnerabilityReport resources, which are owned by a Kubernetes controller.

For example, when Starboard scans a Deployment, the corresponding VulnerabilityReport instance is attached to its current revision. In other words, the VulnerabilityReport inherits the life cycle of the Kubernetes controller. This also implies that when a Deployment is rolling updated, it will get scanned automatically, and a new instance of the VulnerabilityReport will be created and attached to the new revision. On the other hand, if the previous revision is deleted, the corresponding VulnerabilityReport will be deleted automatically by the Kubernetes garbage collector.

The default vulnerability scanning capabilities in Starboard are provided by Trivy scanner. It also has a basic integration with Aqua Enterprise scanner.

Starboard may scan Kubernetes workloads that run images from Private Registries and certain Managed Registries.