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    This project aims to improve upon the existing Yarn package manager audit functionality.

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    Currently yarn audit has several issues making it difficult to use in a CI pipeline:

    • No way to ignore advisories
    • Unable to filter out low severity issues
    • Ongoing network issues with NPM registry cause false positives

    improved-yarn-audit provides a wrapper around the yarn audit command which addresses all of the above problems.



    yarn add improved-yarn-audit

    Running an Audit Check

    To execute an audit check, run:

    yarn run improved-yarn-audit

    Setting the Severity Level

    You can define a minimum severity level to report, any advisories below this level are ignored.

    yarn run improved-yarn-audit --min-severity moderate

    Run with --help to see all levels available

    Excluding Advisories

    Often dev dependencies can become outdated and the package maintainer no longer provides updates. This leads to audit advisories that will never affect your production code.

    To remedy this, you can pass a csv list of advisory IDs to ignore.

    yarn run improved-yarn-audit --exclude GHSA-f9cm-p3w6-xvr3,GHSA-cph5-m8f7-6c5x,GHSA-gpvr-g6gh-9mc2

    .iyarc File

    If an .iyarc file is present in the current working directory, it will be parsed and used to specify a list of advisory exclusions.

    Advisory exclusions to be ignored can either be provided on their own line, or as a comma separated list.

    Example .iyarc file:

    # This file can contain comments, you could do something like:
    # 34 is ignored because there is no fix available (last checked 20th March 2020)
    # This one doesn't affect us
    # We can also ignore all these, as a comma separated list

    Note: if you pass in exclusions using the command line, these will override the .iyarc file

    Maintaining Advisory Exclusions

    Over time as you bump package versions, exclusions may become redundant as those advisories are no longer present in your dependencies.

    If you want to fail the audit check when exclusions are missing from the Yarn audit output use the --fail-on-missing-exclusions flag.

    yarn run improved-yarn-audit --fail-on-missing-exclusions

    The exit code will be the total number of missing exclusions detected.

    Ignore All Dev Advisories

    If you want to ignore any advisories from dev dependencies, you can use the --ignore-dev-deps flag to do this.

    yarn run improved-yarn-audit --ignore-dev-deps

    Retrying Network Issues

    As of April 2019 there are outstanding network issues with the NPM registry audit API, which cause frequent request failues. To work around this until a fix is implemented you can pass a flag to retry any failed requests.

    yarn run improved-yarn-audit --retry-on-network-failure

    NPM Users

    If you are an NPM fan looking for a similar solution, checkout the better-npm-audit package.




    npm i improved-yarn-audit

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