Today Anchore announced the release of Anchore Cloud 2.0 which builds on top of Anchore’s open source Engine to provide a suite of tools to allow organizations to perform a detailed analysis of container images and apply user-defined policies to ensure that containers meet the organization's security requirements and operational best practices.

Anchore released the Anchore Navigator back in October 2017 and since then thousands of users have used the service to search for container images, perform analysis on these images and sign up to receive notifications when images were updated.

The Anchore Cloud 2.0 release adds a number of exciting new features for all users and a new paid tier which offers support and added features for subscribers.

Graphical Policy Editor

The new graphical policy editor allows all users to define their own custom policies and map which policies are used with which images. These policies can include checking for security vulnerabilities, package whitelists, blacklists, configuration files, secrets in image, manifest changes, exposed ports and many other user-defined checks. The policy editor supports CVE whitelisting – allowing a curated set of CVEs to be excluded from security vulnerability reporting.
Using the policy mapping feature, organizations can set up multiple different policies that will be used on different images based on use case. For example, the policy applied to a web-facing service may have different security and operational best practices rules than a database backend service.

Anchore policy editor view

Private Repositories

Subscribers can configure the Anchore Cloud to scan and analyze images in private repositories stored on DockerHub and Amazon EC2 Container Registry (ECR).

Once configured the service checks for changes to the repository approximately every 15 minutes. When a change is detected, for example, a new image is added to the repository or changes to tags, Anchore will download any new images, perform deep inspection and evaluate the images based on the policies defined by the user.

Anchore registries editor view


Previously the Anchore Cloud allowed users to subscribe to a tag and be notified when that tag was updated – for example when a new debian:latest images were pushed to Docker Hub.

For subscribers, the Anchore Cloud can now alert you by email when CVEs have been added or removed from your image and when the policy status of your image has changed, for example, an image that previously passed is now failing policy evaluation.

Example of Anchore notification

On-Premises Integration

Anchore Cloud supports integration with Anchore’s open-source Engine for on-premises deployments, allowing the policies defined on Anchore Cloud service to be applied to images created and stored on-premises.

Anchore Cloud supports integration with CI/CD platforms such as Jenkins, allowing containers built in the cloud or on-premises to be scanned as part of the CI/CD workflow ensuring proper compliance prior to production deployment.