Making Appcanary easier to use

By Max Veytsman | July 14, 2016 on Announcements, Product

I’m excited to announce that we’ve added two features that make Appcanary a heck of a lot easier to use!

Add monitors by uploading a file

Our Monitor API is great if you want to track a set of Linux packages or your Gemfile. We give you a dashboard showing which packages are vulnerable, and email you whenever new vulnerabilities that affect you come out. However, there’s always a bunch of setup to get a new API going.

With that in mind, we made the interface a lot more user friendly! You can now upload a file to watch directly through the website. Just go to add monitors to be able to upload a file directly. Monitors support Ruby’s Gemfile.lock, /var/lib/dpkg/status for Ubuntu and Debian, and the output of rpm -qa for Centos and Amazon Linux!

Automatically upgrade vulnerable packages

A few of our customers told us that knowing about vulnerabilities is nice, but you know what would be great? If we could somehow patch them automatically. We thought about it and said, sure, why not!

If you have the Appcanary agent installed on an Ubuntu server, and you’re running the latest version, you can run

appcanary upgrade

in order to install updates for any packages we know to be vulnerable.

You can also run

appcanary upgrade -dry-run

in order to see what the agent will do, without it actually touching your system.

Now you can manage vulnerabilities, learn about new ones that affect you, and apply patches, all through Appcanary!

If you haven’t tried us yet

Stay on top of the security vulnerabilities that affect you, today.

Appcanary, monitors your apps and servers, and notifies you whenever a new vulnerability is discovered in a package you rely on. And now it will help you patch vulnerable packages as well.

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