Integrate with Nexus Container Registry

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Snyk integrates with Nexus Container Registry to enable you to import your container images and monitor them for vulnerabilities.

Snyk tests the images you have imported (Projects) for any known security vulnerabilities, testing them at a frequency you control, and alerts you when new issues are detected.

This page explains how to set up Nexus Container Registry integration in Snyk and start managing image vulnerabilities.

Integrate with Nexus Container Registry

Prerequisites for Nexus integration

  • You must be an administrator for the Organization you are configuring in Snyk.

  • Snyk needs user credentials to integrate with Nexus and does not support Nexus when configured for single sign-on (SSO).

Configure Nexus integration

  • In your Snyk account, navigate to Integrations from the menu bar at the top. Under the Container registries section, find the Nexus option and click it.

  • In the Account credentials section, enter your Nexus username and password login credentials. In the container registry name, fill in the full URL to the registry you want to integrate with.

  • To finish, click Save.

If you are using a self-hosted Nexus registry, contact Snyk Support to provide you with a token. For more information, see Snyk Container for self-hosted container registries (with Broker).

Snyk tests the connection values, and the page reloads, now displaying Nexus integration information. The Add your Nexus images to Snyk button becomes available.

If the connection to Nexus fails, a notification appears under the Connected to Nexus section.

Scan container images from Nexus in Snyk

When the connection is successful, you can use Snyk to scan your images from Nexus.

Snyk tests and monitors your Nexus container images by evaluating the image tags in your repositories. After you have imported images to Snyk, the image vulnerabilities are identified and can be triaged easily.

Follow these steps to add images from Nexus to Snyk.

Prerequisites for Nexus image scanning

Steps in scanning Nexus images

  1. Log in to your account and navigate to the Group and Organization that you want to manage.

  2. Under the Projects tab, click Add project. The list of integrations already configured on your account opens.

  3. Select the Nexus option or Other if Nexus does not appear. The view Which images do you want to test? view opens, displaying all available images for your connected registry, grouped by each of your repositories.

  4. Select single or multiple images to be imported to Snyk. You can choose a specific image or select an entire repository. You can also search by image name to find specific images to import.

  5. To finish, click Add selected repositories on the top-right. A status bar appears at the top of the page as the images are imported; you can continue working in the meantime.

  6. When the import ends:

    1. You can view the newly imported image, marked with a NEW tag, on the Projects page. Images are grouped by repository and are each linked individually to a detailed Project page.

    2. An import log becomes available; you can reach it at the top of the Projects list.

    3. To enrich the data and get recommendations regarding your base image, under Settings, you can connect your Dockerfile to the image Project. For more information, see Adding your Dockerfile and testing your base image.

Nexus imports are indicated with a unique icon, and you can also filter to view only Nexus Projects:

For application vulnerabilities within container images, any changes to the application will not be reflected with a manual or recurring retest. A re-import of the image is required. For more information, see Detecting application vulnerabilities in container images.

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