protect-yourself-from-the-recent-dockerhub-com-attack

Last week’s dockerhub.com attack affects hundreds of thousands of accounts and exposes their containers to malicious code. We at CodeNotary publish open source software too and wanted to make sure our containers were unaffected.

Here’s how we did it:

Verify Container Authenticity and Integrity

      1. Create a free CodeNotary account
      2. Sign the local copy of your Docker container image:

        vcn sign docker://hello-world

      3. Download your container image from dockerhub.com:

        docker pull hello-world

      4. Ensure the container image you pulled from dockerhub.com has been signed with CodeNotary:

        vcn verify docker://hello-world

        If the output looks like the following, you can be sure that your code has not been tampered with:

        user@opa50:~$ vcn v docker://zerotrust/parity
        Asset: docker://7d2d42157acdabf4ae46a4815af9037179c871a3b20df628c997af5d452bd7ff
        Hash: 7d2d42157acdabf4ae46a4815af9037179c871a3b20df628c997af5d452bd7ff
        Date: 2019-05-01 14:00:35 +0000 UTC
        Key: 0x2a4d3071a9d12e3886d43890d0dbaa8be60febec
        Name: docker://7d2d42157acdabf4ae46a4815af9037179c871a3b20df628c997af5d452bd7ff
        Size: 270 MB
        Company: vChain, Inc.
        Website: https://www.vchain.us
        Level: 2 – SOCIAL_VERIFIED
        Status: "TRUSTED"

Enable Continuous Container Integrity Monitoring with the vcn-watchdog

Moreover, to avoid the risk of leaking any malware-injected software to our users and customers, we built a continuous integrity verification monitoring tool for our containers. The sidecar vcn-watchdog, we released on GitHub as an open source project constantly protects from unwanted, infected Docker container /images/blog.

Integrated with Docker, the watchdog continuously checks the container’s integrity against its known, CodeNotary-signed image. If a container fails the verification check, an alert is sent to, in our case, our Slack account.

This is how you can quickly enable continuous integrity monitoring for your containers:

      1. Sign your locally stored container with CodeNotary:

        vcn sign docker://ImageId

      2. Check out https://github.com/vchain-us/vcn-watchdog on your server. The tool continuously verifies the integrity of your containers:

        git clone https://github.com/vchain-us/vcn-watchdog.git

      3. Edit the verify file and set the alerting/monitoring tool you are using (see the following instructions)
      4. Make sure /var/run/docker.sock is accessible
      5. Run with the following command on your server

        docker-compose build && docker-compose up

To modify the verify file, hook up your alerting tool into the err() function. If you use Slack as we do, please do the following:

      1. Create a Slack Bot (Slack documentation here)
      2. Use the following code:

        function err() {
           echo "Container ${1} (${2}) verification failed" >&2
           curl -q -X POST
               -H ‘Content-type: application/json’
               –data "{"text":"Container ${1} (${2}) verification failed"}"
        "https://hooks.slack.com/services/$TOKEN/$KEY" > /dev/null 2>&1}

Once the set up is complete, if the verification fails, you will see the below message pop up in your Slack Bot notifications:

Slack Bot-CodeNotary-Docker Sync Alert Example

Your container has been verified and is safe if you do not see the alert message.

If you prefer to complicate your life and execute 13 time-consuming, manual steps every time you suspect you have been hacked, Madhuakula outlined a step-by-step guide for coders who prefer that route. However, most don’t as Joona Hoikkala tweeted recently.

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Start using vcn-watchdog, create your CodeNotary account today:

 

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