Jenkins : Sysdig Secure Jenkins Plugin

Sysdig Secure is a container security platform that brings together docker image scanning and run-time protection to identify vulnerabilities, block threats, enforce compliance, and audit activity across your microservices. The Sysdig Secure Jenkins plugin can be used in a Pipeline job, or added as a build step to a Freestyle job, to automate the process of running an image analysis, evaluating custom policies against images, and performing security scans.


Getting Started


The Sysdig Secure plugin installation process has the following prerequisites:

  • Sysdig Secure installed within the build environment.
  • All authentication credentials/Sysdig Secure API endpoint information prepared for input when configuring the plugin.


The Sysdig Secure plugin is published in the Jenkins plugin registry, and is available for installation on any Jenkins server.



To configure the Sysdig Secure plugin:

  1. Complete these steps after installing the hpi file from the installation link above.
  2. From the main Jenkins menu, select Manage Jenkins.
  3. Click the Configure System link.
  4. Scroll to the Sysdig Secure Plugin Mode section.
  5. Define the engine URL:

  6. Input the API token found here:

  7. Click Save.

Integrate the Sysdig Secure Plugin with a Freestyle Project

The Sysdig Secure plugin reads a file called sysdig_secure_images for the list of images to scan. In the example below, an execute shell build step is used to build and push a container to a local registry:

TAG=$(date "+%H%M%S%d%m%Y")
docker build -t $IMAGENAME:$TAG .
docker push $IMAGENAME:$TAG

This process is an example, and should be used as a guide, rather than copying commands directly into a terminal.

To configure the build step, add a line to the script to create the sysdig_secure_images file:

TAG=$(date "+%H%M%S%d%m%Y")
docker build -t $IMAGENAME:$TAG .
docker push $IMAGENAME:$TAG

# Line added to create sysdig_secure_images file
echo "$IMAGENAME:$TAG ${WORKSPACE}/Dockerfile " > sysdig_secure_images

Multiple lines can be added if the build produces more than a single container image.

Once the image has been built and pushed to the staging registry, the Sysdig Secure Image Scan can be called from the Jenkins UI:

  1. Open the Add build step drop-down menu, and select Sysdig Secure Container Image Scanner. This creates a new build step labeled Sysdig Secure Build Options.
  2. Configure the available options, and click Save.

    The table below describes each of the configuration options.

    Image list fileThe name of the file, present in the workspace that contains the image name, and optionally the Dockerfile location.
    Fail build on policy check STOP resultIf the Sysdig Secure policy evaluate returns a fail (STOP) then the Jenkins job should be failed. If this is not selected then a failed policy evaluation will allow the build to continue.
    Fail build on critical plugin errorIf selected, and the Sysdig Secure Plugin experiences a critical error, the the build will be failed. This is typically used to ensure that a fault with Sysdig Secure (eg. service not available) does not permit a failing image to be promoted to production.
    Sysdig Secure operation retriesHow long in seconds the Sysdig Secure Plugin waits until timing out image analysis. The plugin will continue operation once the image has been analyzed but will time out if this period is exceeded.
    Sysdig Secure Engine policy ID

    The ID of the policy that the image will be evaluated against. Policies can be found within Sysdig Secure here: