Set up continuous monitoring with GitHub

Learn how to continuously monitor your environment with the Endor Labs GitHub App.

Endor Labs provides a GitHub App that continuously monitors users’ projects for security and operational risk. You can use the GitHub App to selectively scan your repositories for SCA, secrets, RSPM, or CI/CD tools.

Getting started with the GitHub App

To get started with the Endor Labs GitHub App, follow these steps:

  1. Review the prerequisites
  2. Install the GitHub App in your organization
  3. (Optional) If you use private software dependencies, configure package manager integrations.
  4. Review your projects as they are scanned.

Prerequisites for GitHub cloud installations

Before installing and scanning projects with Endor Labs GitHub App, make sure you have:

  • A GitHub cloud account and organization. If you don’t have one, create one using
  • Administrative permissions to your GitHub organization. Installing the Endor Labs GitHub App in your organization requires approval or permissions from your GitHub organizational administrator. If you don’t have the permissions, use the command line utility, endorctl, while you wait for the approval.
  • Endor Labs GitHub App requires read permissions to Dependabot alerts, actions, administration, checks, code, commit statuses, issues, metadata, packages, pull requests, repository hooks, and security events. It does not need write access to any resources.

Install the GitHub App

To automatically scan repositories using the GitHub App:

  1. Sign in to Endor Labs.
  2. Choose Projects and click Add Project.
  3. From GITHUB, choose GitHub App
  4. Click Install GitHub App.
  5. Click Configure.
  6. You will be redirected to GitHub to install the GitHub App. Select Install.
  7. Review the permissions required for Endor Labs and click Install and Authorize.
  8. Choose a namespace and click Next.
  9. Based on your license, select and enable from the following list of available scanners and click Continue.
    • SCA- Perform software composition analysis.
    • CI/CD - Scan the repository and identify all the CI/CD tools used in the repository.
    • RSPM - Scan the repository for misconfigurations.
    • Secret - Scan the repository for exposed secrets.
  10. Click Continue. You have successfully installed the GitHub App.

Endor Labs GitHub App scans your repositories every 24 hours and reports any new findings or changes to release versions of your code.

Manage GitHub Apps on Endor Labs

You can edit or delete the GitHub App integrations.

  1. Sign in to Endor Labs.
  2. Navigate to Manage and select Integrations.
  3. Choose a GitHub App integration and click the ellipsis on the right side, and select Edit Integration.
  4. Based on your license, select and enable from the available list of scanners and click Save. The changes are applicable from the next scanning cycle.
  5. Use Reset to clear your selection.
  6. To delete a GitHub App integration, click the ellipsis on the right side, and select Delete Integration.
  7. To manually trigger a scan, click Rescan Org. Endor Labs GitHub App scans your repositories every 24 hours, use Rescan Org to manually trigger a scan at any time.

Technical limitations of the GitHub App

The Endor Labs GitHub App provides visibility across a GitHub organization, but it has technical limitations that do not account for the unique requirements of your application. Here are some of these limitations:

Bill of materials variance

The Endor Labs GitHub App approximates software package builds to create a bill of materials and perform static analysis on your software dependencies. This requires building packages with specific versions of the package manager and runtime environment.

If there are differences in the build environment, it can result in variances in the bill of materials. For the most accurate information, use Endor Labs CLI as a post-build step in your software delivery process.

Factors contributing to variances in the bill of materials include:

  1. The time a software package was built
  2. The version of a software package manager
  3. The type of package manager being used
  4. The version of the runtime environment a package is installed on

Custom package build steps

Endor Labs requires executing custom build steps outside of standard package manager commands to build software packages and get an accurate bill of materials and perform static analysis. Sometimes, a complete bill of materials may not be generated or static analysis may not be performed.

Custom resource profiles

Large applications may require significant memory allocations to perform static analysis on a package. The services scanning the GitHub App use 16GB of memory by default. Applications that require more memory may not obtain vulnerability prioritization information using the GitHub App. Scan large applications in a CI environment using a runner with sufficient resource allocations.

Authentication for private software components

Private software components hosted in an internal package repository may require authentication credentials to create a complete bill of materials or perform static analysis.

If your authentication information to your private package repository is hosted outside of the repository, you will need to configure a package manager integration. See Set up package manager integration for more details.