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Modern DevOps environments have brought significant increases in time to market for applications. However, with this gain in efficiency and productivity we have lost oversight as well as a deep understanding of what exactly is running in our production environments. As clean code producing, security minded devs and managers alike, we have to know what’s in the box before running a Docker container image.

 

Also, if you’re a team lead, you have to consider if the development libraries that have been approved are really the ones being used in the applications your team is deploying into production.

 

Know What’s In the Box

We, at CodeNotary, have developed a solution that allows devs and teams to rest assured in the integrity of their build code. Additionally, organizations can enforce discipline and good, solid practices in their entire DevOps process.

 

For example, let’s assume that you have a set of Maven libraries or GitHub repositories. After they have been checked for conflicts and vulnerabilities, that have been approved for use in development. Once approved, it’s simple step to sign your binaries using the single command vcn sign <asset> with CodeNotary’s vcn CLI tool.

 

Now, by signing these binaries you have given them a unique identity with a unique hash that is indelibly stored on our distributed ledger technology. Then, at any time during the build or deployment process, you can make sure that you and/or your team are working with only the approved libraries and not using the non-approved ones.

 

Verify Before Running an Image or at Download

Verifying assets is pretty simple as well. There are actually 3 ways to check the integrity of approved assets, which you can do when you first download them locally or later just prior to executing them. You can use the:

 

1)  CodeNotary vcn CLI tool using the command vcn verify <asset> for verification anytime.

 

CodeNotary vcn CLI tool - Trusted

 

     2)  CodeNotary – Chrome extension for verification at download.

 

CodeNotary Chrome Ext - Integrity Verified - Chrome

 

     3)  CodeNotary drag and drop verification page which is available whenever you need it and has the added benefit of displaying the MD5, SHA1, and SHA256 hashes for each asset.

 

CodeNotary - Drag & Drop - Verification - Verified

 

 

With multiple different ways to verify your cleared-to-use assets, you can easily authenticate the evergreen tree of matrix binaries and environments that often stretch across geographically dispersed locations.

 

With CodeNotary, you can ensure confidence in your DevOps integrity workflow and always know what’s in the box before running a Docker container image. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Check it out for yourself and see. And if you’re an OSS contributor, it’s pretty nice cause you’re subscription is free forever.

 

 

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Blockchain PoCs were unsuccessful due to complexity and lack of developers.

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Implementation:

immudb is running in different datacenters across the globe. All clinical trial information is stored in immudb either as transactions or the pdf documents as a whole.

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While the source data, rulebase and the documented decision are stored in verifiable Blobs in immudb, the transaction is stored using the relational layer of immudb.

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Goal:

IoT sensor data received by devices collecting environment data needs to be stored locally in a cryptographically verifiable manner until the data is transferred to a central datacenter. The data integrity needs to be verifiable at any given point in time and while in transit.

Implementation:

immudb runs embedded on the IoT device itself and is consistently audited by external probes. The data transfer to audit is minimal and works even with minimum bandwidth and unreliable connections.

Whenever the IoT devices are connected to a high bandwidth, the data transfer happens to a data center (large immudb deployment) and the source and destination date integrity is fully verified.

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CI/CD and application build logs need to be stored auditable and tamper-evident.
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Scalability is key as billions of artifacts are expected within the next years.
Next to a possibility of integrity validation, data needs to be retrievable by pipeline job id or digital asset checksum.

Implementation:

As part of the CI/CD audit functionality, data is stored within immudb using the Key/Value functionality. Key is either the CI/CD job id (i. e. Jenkins or GitLab) or the checksum of the resulting build or container image.

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