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Sonatype Nexus Platform vs. GitLab

Sonatype Nexus Platform is comprised of multiple products which contribute to the Sonatype Nexus security capabilities. Those products are Nexus Lifecycle, Nexus Auditor, Nexus Firewall, and Nexus Repository Pro, and the Nexus Intelligence service. In the application security space, Sonatype Nexus scans open source components for security vulnerabilities, scans containers and offers license management. Fortify relies on Sonatype for dependency scanning.

GitLab Ultimate automatically includes broad security scanning with every code commit including Static and Dynamic Application Security Testing, along with dependency scanning, container scanning, and license management.

For packaging deployments, both Sonatype and GitLab offer container registry, but Sonatype also offers a full binary repository in the form of Nexus Repository (available in both OSS and Pro).

FEATURES

Static Application Security Testing

GitLab allows easily running Static Application Security Testing (SAST) in CI/CD pipelines; checking for vulnerable source code or well known security bugs in the libraries that are included by the application. Results are then shown in the Merge Request and in the Pipeline view. This feature is available as part of Auto DevOps to provide security-by-default.

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Dependency Scanning

GitLab automatically detects well known security bugs in the libraries that are included by the application, protecting your application from vulnerabilities that affect dependencies that are used dynamically. Results are then shown in the Merge Request and in the Pipeline view. This feature is available as part of Auto DevOps to provide security-by-default.

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Container Scanning

When building a Docker image for your application, GitLab can run a security scan to ensure it does not have any known vulnerability in the environment where your code is shipped. Results are then shown in the Merge Request and in the Pipeline view. This feature is available as part of Auto DevOps to provide security-by-default.

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Dynamic Application Security Testing

Once your application is online, GitLab allows running Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) in CI/CD pipelines; your application will be scanned to ensure threats like XSS or broken authentication flaws are not affecting it. Results are then shown in the Merge Request and in the Pipeline view. This feature is available as part of Auto DevOps to provide security-by-default.

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Interactive Application Security Testing

IAST combines elements of static and dynamic application security testing methods to improve the overall quality of the results. IAST typically uses an agent to instrument the application to monitor library calls and more. GitLab does not yet offer this feature.

Runtime Application Self Protection

RASP uses an agent to instrument the application to monitor library calls as the application is running in production. Unlike other security tools, RASP can take action to block threats in real-time, similar to a Web Application Firewall but from within the app’s runtime environment rather than at the network layer. GitLab does not yet offer this feature.

Cloud Native Network Firewall

Cloud native network firewall provides container-level network micro segmentation which isolates container network communications to limit the “blast radius” of compromise to a specific container or microservice. A container-aware virtual firewall that utilizes machine learning to automatically identify valid traffic flows between app components in your cluster. Limits damage by preventing attackers from moving through your environment when they have already compromised one part of it. GitLab does not yet offer this feature.

License Compliance

Check that licenses of your dependencies are compatible with your application, and approve or blacklist them. Results are then shown in the Merge Request and in the Pipeline view.

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