SaaS: Sysdig Secure Release Notes


You may also want to review the update log for Falco rules used in the Policy Editor: Falco Rules Changelog.

October 22, 2020

Forwarding the Activity Audit Information

The Sysdig Secure Event Forwarder has added support to forward Activity Audit data to external platforms.


Benchmarks support for Kubernetes Benchmark 1.6

  • Kubernetes Bench upgraded to version 1.6

  • Using the Kubernetes benchmark, we now provide customer-selected benchmark checks for GKE and EKS (rather than just the Kubernetes default).

October 9, 2020

Regulatory Compliance Control Validation & PCI Checks

A new feature has been added to Sysdig Secure for checking controls from various compliance standards. For the first release, we provide checks against specific controls in PCI 3.2. Future releases will include SOC2, NIST-800-53, and more. See also: Compliance [Beta] in Sysdig documentation.

Compliance Validator and Reports

The validator checks many Sysdig Secure features, including image scanning policies, Falco runtime policies and rules, scheduled benchmark testing, and more. Over time we will add new compliance coverage.

Disclaimer: Sysdig cannot check all controls within a framework, such as those related to physical security.



This feature is a beta release. A Sysdig Secure admin must enable it from the Sysdig Labs interface under Settings.


PCI Control Details

The PCI Quick Reference describes the full range of controls required to pass a PCI 3.2 audit. In this release, Sysdig Secure will check the following subset:

Controls 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.6.b, 2.2, 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.a, 2.4, 2.6, 4.1, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4.2, 6.5.1, 6.5.6, 6.5.8, 7.1.2, 7.2.3, 10.1, 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2, 10.2.3, 10.2.6, 10.2.7, 10.3, 10.5.5, 10.6.1, 11.4, 11.5.a, 11.5.b.

October 2, 2020

Event Forwarding: Kafka and Webhook Added

Two new supported integrations have been added to the Sysdig Secure Event Forwarder:Event Forwarding


The Kafka topic integration includes support for:

  • Multiple Kafka brokers

  • Partitioner/Balancer algorithms: Murmur2, Round robin, Least bytes, Hash, CRC32

  • Compression algorithms: LZ4, Snappy, Gzip, Zstandard

The Webhook integration includes support for:

  • Authentication methods: Basic authentication, Bearer Token, and Signature Header

  • Custom headers defined by the user to accommodate any additional parameter required on the receiving end

September 29, 2020

Vulnerability Exceptions Handling Enhanced

The Vulnerability Exceptions feature in Sysdig Secure has been redesigned and enhanced.


It now offers:

  • Additional vulnerability and feed context

  • Precise mapping between images and their associated exceptions

  • A better exception management lifecycle

  • Multiple vulnerability lists, which can be flexibly assigned to different image sets (or just a particular image), using the scanning policy assignments

  • Additional information displayed to improve team awareness and security context

    • Vulnerability description

    • User-defined notes

    • Vulnerability feed info, with severities and links as provided per feed

  • Configurable expiration dates:

    • An exception is automatically disabled when the expiration date is met

    • Day resolution, all times relative to 0:00 UTC

  • Enhanced workflow integration with the “Scan results” page for an individual image, with the ability to quickly append a flagged vulnerability to a list.

Migration: The exception and evaluation behavior in the current environment will be maintained after the feature upgrade. In particular:

  • Pre-existing vulnerability exceptions will be migrated to the “Default exceptions list”

  • The “Default exceptions list” will be assigned to every pre-existing policy assignment

  • All the pre-existing vulnerability exceptions expiration date will be set to “Never."

See also: Manage Vulnerability Exceptions and Global Lists.

AWS Threat Detection using CloudTrail and Sysdig Secure

Sysdig is happy to announce the general availability of a CloudFormation Template that will deploy a cloud-native operational security engine. By leveraging AWS CloudTrail and the Falco language, you can detect any unexpected or unwanted behavior in your AWS accounts.


Sysdig Cloud Connector leverages AWS CloudTrail as the source of truth for enabling governance, compliance, operational auditing, and risk auditing for your AWS account.

Every API action over your infrastructure resources is recorded as a set of CloudTrail entries. Once the integration is deployed in your infrastructure, the Sysdig Cloud Connector can analyze these entries in real-time and provide AWS threat detection by filtering them against a flexible set of security rules.

Example detection rules included in this release:

  • Attach a user to an Administrator Policy

  • Create an HTTP Target Group without SSL

  • Deactivate MFA for user access

  • Delete S3 bucket encryption

Sysdig Cloud Connector provides several notification options, including sending security findings to AWS CloudWatch and AWS Security Hub. When configured, you can consume the security events without leaving your cloud console.

See also:

September 28, 2020

Automated Fargate Image Scanning

Sysdig is pleased to announce the general availability of a new integration leveraging the Sysdig Inline Scanning capabilities to automatically analyze the base images used for any task created using AWS Elastic Container Service (ECS or Fargate).

  • Straightforward deployment using a CloudFormation template

    The only mandatory parameter is the Sysdig API token.

  • Inline scanning living inside your AWS account means improved security:

    • No need to expose or configure private AWS registries

    • Only image metadata is sent to Sysdig Secure, not the actual image contents

    • No sensitive information ever leaves your AWS account

    • An ephemeral task will be spawned to analyze each discovered images, in parallel

  • Each time you deploy a new task in AWS ECS/Fargate, an EventBridge event will be triggered and a lambda function will parse which images need to be analyzed by the CodeBuild pipeline job.

    • Fully automated

    • Scan results and scanning policies are still controlled from a single security governance point using Sysdig Secure

Node Image Analyzer Version 0.1.3

This version adds support for running the node image analyzer in Kubernetes environments with containerd, such as Google Kubernetes Engine configured with cos_containerd. See also: Scan Running Images.

July 29, 2020

Replacing RHSA Advisories with CVE Advisories

In new images scanned, RHSA advisories will be replaced with CVE advisories. The results for existing images will be updated in the background over the next week.

This change provides better matches for CVEs that are not yet fixed or will not be fixed since those do not yet have RHSAs. It also makes the CVE the match key rather than RHSA for more consistent whitelisting and policy handling compared to other distros.

Scanning Adapter Available for Harbor

The Sysdig Secure Harbor Scanner Adapter enables Harbor to use Sysdig Secure scanning engine to analyze the container images managed by the platform.


Harbor integration showing the Interrogation Services page.

This adapter also provides a service that translates the Harbor scanning API requests into Sysdig Secure API calls, allowing Harbor to retrieve vulnerability reports and additional information from the scanning adapter. This will be presented transparently in the Harbor UI to the user.

The scanning adapter supports two operation modes:

  • Backend Scanning: Image scanning happens in the Sysdig Secure backend

  • Inline Scanning: Image scanning happens in the infrastructure where Harbor is hosted

To learn more about this integration, read the documentation.

July 28, 2020

Captures Filter on the Policies Page

Policies can now be filtered to display if a capture is associated with an active or inactive policy.


Image Exclusion on Policy Events

Users often want to tune policy events. We’ve added a button on the event detail that will add an exclusion to a specific container.image.repo for the policy that triggered the event. Once that exclusion is applied to the scope, policies will no longer fire for that container.image.repo.


July 26, 2020

Sysdig Essentials

We have introduced a new product tier, Sysdig Essentials. This tier includes everything required to achieve the five essential requirements for practicing Secure DevOps:

  • Image Scanning

  • Runtime Security

  • Compliance

  • Kubernetes and container monitoring

  • Application and cloud service monitoring

To learn more about Essentials, register for our webinar, Deploy Faster by Automating Container Security, Monitoring and Compliance.

With the introduction of Essentials, It’s also easier to get started with a trial program and manage your Sysdig subscription.


Learn the difference between Essentials and Enterprise, including pricing and features, at Pricing.

Sysdig Platform Enhancements

SAML Single Sign-On

The initial email to the following types of users will take them directly to the Single-Sign-On URL, and not the registration page.

  • SAML SSO Users

  • The users that are invited to the platform (as opposed to having them automatically created via Sysdig on-demand provisioning for SSO)

Earlier, landing on the registration page was confusing to users because they had to set up their initial password.

Rebranded Login Page

The login page has been updated with the Sysdig Kraken and the new logo.


June 29, 2020

New Sysdig Secure Overview Page

The Sysdig Secure Overview provides an at-a-glance view of the critical areas of your security posture.



Panels can be scoped by Cluster or Namespace. The scope will update all panels that are displaying run-time data and the corresponding drill-down views.


  • Build Time - Images Scanned: Image scan results for all static image scans

    Drill-down - To Image Scanning Reports page.

  • Build Time - CVEs Found by Severity: The total number of CVEs present in each image scanned.

    Drill-down - Available in a future release

  • Run-time - Images Scanned: The pass/fail status of images running now and their trend over time.

    Drill-down - To Runtime Scanning Image page.

  • Run-time - CVEs by Severity: The total number of CVEs present in each running image

    Drill-down - Available in a future release

  • Run-time - Policy Events by Severity: The total number of policy events by severity.

    Drill-down - Secure Events page.

  • Benchmarks Tests Failing: The total number of benchmark tests that have failed.

    Drill-down - Benchmarks Results page.

See also: Secure Overview [BETA].

June 26, 2020

Sysdig Secure’s Event Forwarder Now Supports IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management and IBM QRadar

IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management centralizes visibility, governance, and automation for containerized workloads across clusters and clouds into a single dashboard.

You can now forward security events to an IBM MCM instance by accessing the Settings > Event Forwarding menu and selecting IBM MCM from the dropdown:


IBM QRadar Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) helps security teams accurately detect and prioritize threats across the enterprise and provides intelligent insights that enable teams to respond quickly to reduce the impact of incidents.

You can now forward security events to an IBM QRadar instance by accessing the Settings > Event Forwarding menu and selecting IBM QRadar from the dropdown.

See also: Event Forwarding.

June 23, 2020

Secure Events Feed Overhaul

The Events feed in Sysdig Secure (formerly called Policy Events) has been redesigned, both visually and functionally.


Apart from the styling and user experience improvements, these are the major new features and use cases

Advanced Filtering

We are deprecating the grouping/clustering of events present in the old version in favor of a much more powerful set of filtering capabilities:

  • Severity filters: Presented as quick buttons at the top, supporting multi-select

  • Attribute filters: Provide a simplified syntax to filter events by the attributes they contain. For example ruleType="Falco - Syscall" or image.repo!="sysdig/agent"

    • Open the event details side panel to find quick filtering widgets to include or exclude the attribute values associated with the displayed event

  • Event type selector: Supports runtime scanning alerts on top of policy runtime events (see section below), with an easy multi-selector in the UI.

  • Free text search: Allows you to search the event titles and scope label values. I.e. Terminal shell in or my-k8s-cluster.

  • New scope selector: Allows for additional selector logic (in, not in, contains, startswith, etc), improving the scoping flexibility over earlier versions. This scope selector also provides scope variables, allowing you to quickly switch between, for example, Kubernetes namespaces without having to edit the panel scope.

All these filters can be combined additively to further refine your search.

Multiple Event Types

The new event feed displays not only the policy runtime events, but also runtime image scanning alerts.

The backend architecture, filtering, and UX have been designed to accommodate additional types of security events that will be pushed to the Event Feed in the future, upgrading the interface from a policy-runtime-centric experience to a full security center control panel.

Additional Event Details

Policy runtime events: These now display the rule that was fired together with the rule labels. You can use the quick filters mentioned above to further refine the search.

Richer scope: Every security event now displays all the scope labels retrieved for the event, not just those configured in the scope selector.

See also: Secure Events.

Additional Considerations/Limitations

Events in the old and new format will be stored separately:

  • No event or event data will be lost during the transition

  • Events that were registered before the new feed is deployed can be browsed using the old feed interface, which is available from the burger menu in the top-right corner

  • Events that happen after the new feed is deployed will appear in the new event feed

  • Eventually, all events within the retention period will be present in the new interface, at which point the version switcher will disappear

June 17, 2020

Menu Update

The ordering of the side menu has been changed.


Image Scanning Updates

The image scanning navigation bar has changed.

  • The side menu is reorganized into Analyze and Configure sections

    • Analyze: Different areas of scanning that allow users to view scan results

    • Configure: The areas of scanning that involve the setup of the application

  • Whitelist terminology with CVEs has been removed.

    "CVE whitelist" is now CVE Exceptions.


Team, Role, and Channel Updates

A variety of enhancements have been added to the team, role, and notification channel options.


Service Manager Role Added to Sysdig Secure

RBAC capability was previously added to Sysdig Secure. (See also January 27, 2020 and User and Team Administration.)

Now a new role, Service Manager, is also available in Secure. It has the same permissions as the Standard User, plus the ability to invite existing users to the team and manage the notifications channels assigned to the team. See Team-Based Roles and Privileges

Configurable Default Team Role

You can now define the default user role to apply when a new member is added to the team. The Admin can change this default on a per-team basis. See also: Create a Team.

RBAC and Team Assignment for Notification Channels

Previously, notification channels in Sysdig Secure and Monitor were treated as global entities, visible and editable for most users of the platform regardless of team configurations.

We are enhancing the management and RBAC controls in the following ways:

  • Notification channels can now be “global” or limited to a particular team

  • Global channels can be managed by admins and can be viewed/used by other roles, while team-limited channels are available only to team members

  • Team Manager , Advanced User, and Service Manager (Secure) roles can create/update/delete team-scoped notification channels, they can also read and use the global ones

  • Standard and View Only roles can read team-limited and global notification channels

  • Admins will be able to create global notification channels and migrate channels from “global” to “team-limited”, and also from one team to another.

See also: Set Up Notification Channels and the Share With field in each individual channel setting page.

June 12, 2020

CLI-Based Admission Controller for Image Scanning

An additional tool for evaluating and admitting images is now available.

Sysdig Admission Controller

Sysdig’s Admission Controller combines the Sysdig Secure image scanner with a policy language to evaluate scan results and the admission context, providing great flexibility in the admission decision.

By using Kubernetes API extensions to perform image scanning and other security checks on admission, we cover a major threat-prevention and hardening use case: “Only the images that are explicitly approved will be allowed to run on my cluster”.

The admission decision relies not only on the image name and tag but also on additional context from the admission review, including namespace, pod metadata, etc.


  • Registry and repository whitelist / blacklist

  • Global and per-namespace admission configuration

  • Configurable pre-scan and post-scan behavior, i.e.:

    • Accept only the images that pass the scan (default)

    • Directly reject non-whitelisted registries / repos, without scanning

    • Accept the image even if it doesn’t pass the scan

    • Do not accept any image that hasn’t been scanned already

  • Pod mutation: image tag is replaced by digest to prevent TOCTOU (Time of Check, Time of Use) issue if the tag is updated between the scan and the pod scheduling


  • Helm 3

  • Kubernetes 1.15 or higher

For more information, see Admission Controller .

June 4, 2020

New Vulnerability Feed Available: VulnDB

We’ve added VulnDB as an additional 3rd-party vulnerability source to improve Sysdig's coverage in non-OS package vulnerabilities.

In addition, a new page is available for each VULNDB-linked advisory. It lists the CVEs and details about the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) scores and external references.


See also: Vulnerability Databases Used.

May 11, 2020

Optimized Runtime Page

We’ve released a new Runtime page for the Image Scanning module within Sysdig Secure. Improvements include:

  • Filtering based on pass/fail/unscanned

  • The ability to search results for a specific image

  • Optimized queries to improve response times


For more information, see Review Scan Results.

April 20, 2020

Added Automatic Image Scanning using Node Analyzer

The node image analyzer provides the capability to scan images as soon as they start running on hosts where the analyzer is installed. It is typically installed alongside the Sysdig agent container.

This component was introduced to reduce dependencies on analyzing images within the Sysdig backend (SaaS or On-prem). Some advantages include:

  • Sharing credentials with the Sysdig backend in order to pull images is not required

  • Sharing the image content and potentially code with the Sysdig backend is not required; only metadata will be sent out

  • Opening a network route to allow the Sysdig backend to reach the user's registries is not required


If you have run the single line agent install with the --image-analyzer flag, then this component is already running in your infrastructure.

The feature is available for Kubernetes environments.

For more information, see Scan Running Images.

April 13, 2020

Added Image Scanning Integration Options

Two new scanning integrations are available for CI/CD pipelines. Sysdig provides:

  • A reference implementation with Tekton Pipelines (prototype)

  • A fully supported integration with Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) for triggering auto-scans from the registry

Integrating Secure Image Scanning with Tekton Pipelines

Tekton Pipelines allow you to implement CI/CD workflows using a highly modular, cloud-native approach that:

  • Uses containers as the building blocks for individual tasks

  • Runs directly on Kubernetes/OpenShift without requiring a dedicated infrastructure

  • Uses tasks that are purely declarative and described using their own CRD, making them easily composable and reusable

Sysdig's reference implementation details the prototype task to invoke Sysdig Secure image scanning as a pluggable step in your CI/CD pipeline with just a YAML file:


Leveraging Tekton integration with the orchestration layer, you can retrieve the image scanning policy evaluation and state (pass/fail) directly from the logs of the task pod.

Read the “Securing Tekton pipelines in OpenShift with Sysdig” blog post for additional details

Integrating Secure Image Scanning with Amazon ECR

Automatically scan images pushed to your Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) using AWS-native technologies and Sysdig Secure.

Sysdig image scanner integration is deployed as a CloudFormation template that listens to ECR registry events and uses AWS resources to streamline the image scanning process.

  • ECR itself will trigger the scan, no need for your CI/CD pipelines to actively pull from the registry

  • Deployed in a few clicks, you just provide basic configuration parameters such as the Sysdig API token or the Sysdig backend URL

  • No need to configure registry scanning credentials on the Sysdig Secure side


This integration offers two different operation modes

Inline scanning:

  • Scanning will be performed inside an AWS CodeBuild pipeline allocating ephemeral resources

  • No need to configure any registry credentials for Sysdig Secure

  • No need to expose your ECR registry to the Sysdig Secure backend

  • Sysdig Secure will not retrieve the image contents, only the metadata that is required to perform the policy evaluation

Backend scanning:

  • Sysdig Secure will retrieve the full image contents in order to perform the scan

  • Your ECR registry must be reachable by the Sysdig Secure backend

  • Registry credentials are required, but they are pushed automatically by a lambda function, no need for manual configuration

See also: Amazon ECR Integration.

April 9, 2020

Updates to Default Rules and Policies

The following changes have been made to default Policies in Sysdig Secure, and to default Falco rules:

  • New rule tags added that map Falco rules to PCI and NIST controls

  • New default policies added specifically for PIC/NIST compliance

  • Tuning modifications for:

    • Write below etc

    • Write below root

    • Change thread namespace

    • Run shell untrusted

    • Detect outbound connections to common miner pool ports

For more information, see also Falco Rules Changelog.

April 7, 2020

Updated Inline Scan Script

  • Added header values for import API for better supportability.

  • Upgraded to Anchore engine v0.6.1.

  • Use docker:dind instead of ubuntu for the base image. This reduces the image size and speeds up downloading.

The latest version of the inline script will always be available at

Link to repo for script source code:

March 12, 2020

New Get Started Page

The Get Started page provides the key steps to ensure users are getting the most value out of Sysdig Secure. We’ll update this page with new steps as we add new features to Sysdig Secure. 


The Get Started page also serves as a linking page for:

  • Documentation

  • Release Notes

  • The Sysdig Blog

  • Self-Paced Training

  • Support

Users can access the page at any time by clicking the rocketship in the side menu.

See also: Getting Started with Sysdig Secure.

Linux CIS Benchmark Test Added

Sysdig Agents can run the Independent Linux benchmark against the underlying host where the agent is installed. The Linux benchmark can be scheduled to run at a chosen interval in your environment and emits results and metrics about the status of the tests.


Openshift Hardening Guide

The Openshift hardening guide implements configuration checks run by the agent against Openshift environments.


Note: This is supported for 3.x versions of Openshift. When Openshift releases a hardening guide for 4.x versions, we will update the configuration checks.


Captures can be Routed to Specific Storage Locations

As a user, you may have different S3 buckets where you’d like to store Sysdig captures, based on the environment where the policy event was triggered. New options are available for deciding what storage option you’d like to use for each policy event.


Feeds Status Page Added

It’s useful to understand the last time the feeds were updated, especially in self-hosted environments. The Feeds Status page shows the different vulnerability feeds we integrate with, their feed group (often the distro version), the time of the last sync, and how many CVE records are present in the feed group.


See also: Feeds Status.

March 5, 2020

Inline Scanning Reporting Improvements and Documentation

This script from SysdigLabs is useful for performing image analysis on locally built container images and posts. The only dependency for this script is access to docker-engine, Sysdig Secure endpoint (with the API token) and network connectivity to post image analysis results.

Here are examples of using the inline scanner in different pipelines:

PDF Reports from the Inline Scanner

A new option

-R  [optional] Download scan result pdf report

will generate a PDF artifact that is available for developers to consume in the pipeline.

February 6, 2020

Data Retention Limits for Scan Results

Use this feature to set limits on how long image scan metadata is stored, either by tags or days. This removes stale data and helps keep scan results easy to read.


See Set Data Retention Limits for details.

January 29, 2020

Enhanced Kubernetes Audit Log Integration

We’ve extended our test and documentation coverage for various Kubernetes audit log integrations. This integration enables Sysdig Secure to use Kubernetes audit log data for Falco rules, activity audit, and to test the impact of Pod Security Policies.

We now have examples for:

  • OpenShift

  • Minishift

  • Kops

  • GKE

  • EKS

  • RKE

  • IKS

  • Minikube

Read more here: Kubernetes Audit Logging.

Vulnerability Scan Results Comparison

In image scanning reports, the vulnerability comparison feature allows users to compare two different tags within the same repo to see which vulnerabilities are new or have been fixed in version X compared to version Y.

This allows developers easily to compare the latest image to a previous version to easily report on which vulnerabilities have been addressed and which are new.


See Review Vulnerability Summaries for details.

January 28, 2020

File Data Source Support for Activity Audit

Sysdig Secure’s Activity Audit now supports a new data source element: File activity.


Sysdig agent version 9.5.0+ is required to enable this new data source.

  • You can now filter the audit trail by file type or specific file attributes:

    • File name

    • Directory

    • Command (used to access the file)

    • Access mode

  • File activity is also visible in the time-series graph at the top (pink color):

  • Activity Audit will capture non-read file operations executed by interactive commands

January 27, 2020

RBAC Capability Available in Sysdig Secure

The new role-based access control (RBAC) model available in Sysdig Secure allows you to define the access privileges granted to each user in a Sysdig Secure team.

Besides the Admin role, which has full access and belongs to every team, there are four roles that can be assigned when adding a user to a team. (Note that the role names are the same in Monitor and Secure, but the privileges differ slightly. Users must be assigned Monitor team roles and Secure team roles separately.)

  • View Only: Read access to every Secure feature within the team scope. A View Only user cannot modify runtime policies, image scanning policies, or any other content.

  • Standard User: Can push container images to the scanning queue and view the image scanning reports. Standard Users can also display the runtime security events within the team scope. They cannot access the Benchmarks, Activity Audit. or Policy definition sections of the product.

  • Advanced User: Can access every Sysdig Secure feature within the team scope in read and write mode. Advanced Users can create, delete, or update runtime policies, image scanning policies or any other content. The Advanced User cannot manage other users.

  • Team Manager: Same permissions as the Advanced User + ability to add/delete team members or change team member permissions.


    Team Managers only have user administration rights within the specific team(s) for which they are designated Managers.


See User and Team Administration for details.

January 16, 2020

Redesigned Captures Page

The Captures function in Sysdig Secure has a new look and the following usability improvements:

  • Bulk deletion of capture files

  • Ability to see whether a capture was triggered manually or by a policy

  • Search across all capture files


November 13, 2019

Activity Audit (Beta)

The Activity Audit in Sysdig Secure allows you to browse a live stream of activity from your Kubernetes containers and nodes. Audit takes the highly detailed data from syscalls and Kubernetes audit logs captured at the agent level, and makes it always-on, searchable, and indexed against your cloud-native assets.

This stream includes executed commands, network activity, and kubectl exec requests to the Kubernetes API. The Activity Audit allows users to view different data sources in-depth for monitoring, troubleshooting, diagnostics, or to meet regulatory controls (SOC2, NIST, PCI, etc).


Flexible filtering and scoping to help you focus on what’s relevant: Filters allow you to search, sort, and surface meaningful data and connections as they are needed. You can filter by data source type, data source attributes (like command name or Kubernetes user) and dynamic Kubernetes scope


Automatically trace a kubectl exec session : The built-in trace functionality allows you to isolate and trace a kubectl exec access to a pod, automatically correlating the original Kubernetes user and IP that accessed the pod with the activity that was performed during the interactive session, including commands and network connections.


Kubernetes Policy Advisor (Beta)

With the Kubernetes Policy Advisor, Sysdig Secure auto-generates Pod Security Policies (PSPs) to significantly decrease the time spent configuring Kubernetes Policies. Strict security policies reduce risk, but can also break applications. Sysdig tests the impact of pod security policies through simulations, enabling teams to adjust misconfigurations before shifting to production. There are three main features that comprise the Kubernetes Policy Advisor:

Auto generation: Sysdig Secure can parse any Kubernetes yaml file that includes a pod spec to generate a tailor-made PSP based on the configuration.


Simulations: Start a simulation of the auto-generated PSP or any user-inputted PSP to see what pods would have been blocked from running if this PSP had been actively applied to the cluster.


Events and tuning: Each pod/activity that would have violated the PSP will generate an event. Within the event details, users can see information about potential modifications they may need to make to the policy or the pod configuration.


Image Scanning Improvement

Support for images based on Google distro-less OS, including detection of base OS/version and installed OS dpkg packages.

November 4, 2019

Scanning Improvements

New Scanning Rules

File attributes can now be verified as part of the image scan analysis. A specific file can be validated against a node or sha256 hash.


Scale Improvements to Scanning Reporting

No query conditions are required as part of the Package and Policy Queries.

October 10, 2019

In-Line Scanning

Images can now be analyzed locally before they are pushed to a registry. This has a couple key benefits to users.

  • Images can be analyzed before they’re pushed to a registry and reduce registry cost

  • Customers using the Sysdig Secure SaaS offering don’t need to expose their registry to our SaaS for images to be scanned

  • For openshift customers the in-lince scan option can be integrated into the S2I process to scan images without needing to expose a local cluster registry via a route

Learn more and access the script here:

Sysdig CLI

The Sysdig CLI provides an easy way to interact with the cli via the command line. Read more here.


Run it without parameters to get a list of all the commands.

$ sdc-cli
Usage: sdc-cli [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

  You can provide the monitor/secure tokens by the SDC_MONITOR_TOKEN and
  SDC_SECURE_TOKEN environment variables.

  -c, --config TEXT  Uses the provided file as a config file. If the config
                     file is not provided, it will be searched at
                     ~/.config/sdc-cli/config.yml and /etc/sdc-cli/config.yml.
  -e, --env TEXT     Uses a preconfigured environment in the config file. If
                     it's not provided, it will use the 'main' environment or
                     retrieve it from the env var SDC_ENV.
  --json             Output raw API JSON
  --version          Show the version and exit.
  --help             Show this message and exit.

  alert       Sysdig Monitor alert operations
  backup      Backup operations
  capture     Sysdig capture operations
  command     Sysdig Secure commands audit operations
  compliance  Sysdig Secure compliance operations
  dashboard   Sysdig Monitor dashboard operations
  event       Sysdig Monitor events operations
  policy      Sysdig Secure policy operations
  scanning    Scanning operations
  settings    Settings operations
  profile     Profile operations

New Package Reports

Package name/version are now grouped together to provide easy parsing of all CVE’s associated with a package and the images using that package.


Sept 24, 2019

New Trigger Parameters for CVSS Score

Image Vulnerabilities can now be evaluated against their CVSS (Common Vulnerabilities Scoring System) score. If a vulnerability is =, <;>, <=, or >= to a specific score, then the rule can trigger a warn/stop action.


Sept 18, 2019

Time Ranges Updated

The default time range options have been updated in Sysdig Secure.

The default time ranges are now set to:

  • 10 Minutes 

  • 30 Minutes

  • 1 HR

  • 6 HRs

  • 1 Day

  • 3 Days

To look at a custom window of time, use the manual time window.

Sysdig Secure Summary Dashboard in Sysdig Monitor

Sysdig Monitor includes default dashboards that provide metrics about number of agents installed, active policies, events that have occurred, and the policies that have triggered them. Use these dashboards to identify trends, report on coverage, or facilitate the tuning process.


Aug 12, 2019

Policy Editor

*Please upgrade to an agent version 0.92.0 or greater

This UX overhaul brings three major improvements for every Sysdig Secure user:

  • Runtime policies can import any number of security rules. You can scope the security policy using container, cloud and Kubernetes metadata.

  • Tighter Falco integration, directly from the web UI. You will be able to define a new trigger condition or append to the list of forbidden external IPs just clicking on the rule.

  • A more structured way to group, classify and lookup rules, following the standard Cloud native procedure: tags and labels.

Rules Library

Visualize your runtime rules properties in just a glance:

  • Where this rule comes from (Published By). The security team can instantly recognize whether a rule came from a specific Sysdig update, from a custom rules file created within the organization or from an external rules source (like the Falco community rules).

  • When was the last time it was updated (Last Updated). You can use this information to audit your rules or if you schedule periodic updates, to confirm when last happened.

  • Rule tags: An effective method for organizing your rules. You can use these tags to describe the targeted entity (host, k8s, process), the compliance standard it belongs to (MITRE, PCI, CIS Kubernetes) or any other criteria you want to use to annotate your rules.


Falco Lists

Easily browse, append, and re-use lists to create new rules. Lists can also be updated directly via API if users want to add existing feeds of malicious domains, or IPs.


Falco Macros

Easily browse, append, and re-use macros to create new rules.


Image Scanning - View Scan Results

Scan Results Page - The existing repositories page has been renamed "Scan Results" this page also includes new capabilities to filter based on where the images are deployed, and to easily browse/expand the different repositories to see the image:tag's that were evaluated and their results


Whitelist labels available in vulnerabilities view - If a vulnerability has been added to a whitelist then that status is reflected in the Vulnerability report within the scan results.


Image Scanning Reports


Please contact Sysdig Support to enable this feature

The reports feature allows users to query the contents of a scan against a static or run-time scope to generate a report that shows the risk, exposure, or components of an image.

Use cases could include:

  • A new CVE has been announced, let me find all the running images in my US East Cluster that are exposed to that CVE

  • Show me all images within my Google Container registry that have the tag prod and have a vulnerability with a fix that's more than 30 days old

  • Show me all images with a high severity vulnerability with a fix that are running in my billing namespace

Types of Scanning Reports

There are three types of queries in the image scanning Reports:

Vulnerability Query Type

This report returns rows of vulnerabilities mapped to packages within images in a static or run-time scope. In the example above we can see the two images that are actively running in my environment now that have the CVE - CVE-2017-8831

Package Query Type

This report shows all images actively running in my environment that have a version of the bash package. It also shows if multiple images are running the same package name & version and if there are any CVE's associated.

Policy Reports

Policy reports show all the policy evaluations that have occured, whether or not they passed or failed, and the reason why an image may have passed or failed. Reasons for passing or failing could be because of, whitelists, blacklists, or just a standard policy evaluation.

July 12, 2019

Minor Improvements

  • Compliance Dashboards in MonitorLink from Sysdig Secure now defaults to a 90-day view, to give users better visibility into how their posture is changing over time.

  • Image ScanningNegligible vulnerabilities are now also shown as part of the scan results summary.

June 27, 2019

Image Scanning: New Trigger Options

  • New Image Analyzed - Send notifications to different channels when images with a particular registry, repo, tag are scanned.

    • Some users implement these type of alerts for implementing workflows for image promotion, i.e.

      "Push an image from staging to prod registry after a webhook is sent that the image was scanned and it passed."

  • CVE Update - Be notified whenever a vulnerability is added, updated, or removed from an image within a registry.

Repository Alerts

Receive alerts about activity and changes that occur within your registry. See Manage Scanning Alerts.


Slack Notifications

Sample output of a CVE alert:


Sample output of an image-analyzed alert:



For earlier releases, please see Sysdig Secure SaaS Release Notes, here.