ASoC and GitLab

. Use AppScan on Cloud with GitLab to run static analysis security testing (SAST) against the files in your repository on every merge request, thus preventing vulnerabilities from reaching the main branch. Results are stored in AppScan on Cloud.


If you don't have an account, register on HCL AppScan on Cloud (ASoC) to generate your API key and API secret.


  1. Generate your ASoC API key and API secret on the API page.

    The API key and API secret map to the ASOC_KEY and ASOC_SECRET parameters for this action. Make note of the key and secret.

  2. Create the application in ASoC.

    Applications act as a container to store all scans that are related to the same project.

  3. Copy the application ID. Select Application > <your application> and then click Copy next to Application ID under Application details.

    The application ID in ASoC maps to APP_ID for this integration.

  4. Create three variables in GitLab. Select Settings > CI/CD > Variables, and set the variables as follows:
    Variable Value
    APP_ID Application ID from ASoC
    ASOC_KEY API key from ASoC
    ASOC_SECRET API secret from ASoC

  5. Copy .gitlab-ci.yaml and Dockerfile into your GitLab repository root.
  6. Build your own runner. Select Settings > CI/CD > Runners and follow the steps under Specific Runners.
  7. On the system on which you are setting up the GitLab runner, log in and clone your GitLab repository if one does not already exist. Ensure that a Docker engine is installed on that machine.
  8. Build a new Docker image called saclient from the Dockerfile. Change directory to the root of the repository and run the following command to build the Docker image:
     docker build -t saclient . 
    Important: The period at the end indicates the current directory.
  9. In GitLab, to prevent merges if the scan fails, enable Pipelines must succeed at Settings > Merge requests > Merge checks.
  10. Verify a new scan job is initiated when new merge requests are created at Settings > CI/CD > Pipelines.


If you are installing GitLab runner on CentOS, build a runner as follows:
  1. Download the binary for your system:
    sudo curl -L --output /usr/local/bin/gitlab-runner
  2. Set permission to execute:
    sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/gitlab-runner
  3. Create a GitLab Runner user:
    sudo useradd --comment 'GitLab Runner' --create-home gitlab-runner --shell /bin/bash
  4. Install and run as a service:
    sudo gitlab-runner install --user=gitlab-runner --working-directory=/home/gitlab-runner 
    sudo gitlab-runner start
  5. Register the runner:
    sudo gitlab-runner register --url --registration-token $REGISTRATION_TOKEN

Additional Information

The current yaml script contains a sample of a security policy check that fails the scan if the number of allowed security issues exceeds a certain threshold. The sample has maxIssuesAllowed set to 200.