GitLab 16.0 Release

GitLab 16.0 released with Value Streams Dashboards and improvements to AI-powered Code Suggestions

GitLab 16.0 released with Value Streams Dashboards, improved AI-powered Code Suggestions, remote development workspaces, more powerful SaaS runners, comment templates and much more!

Today, we are excited to announce the release of GitLab 16.0 with Value Streams Dashboards now generally available, Remote development workspaces, more powerful GitLab SaaS runners, comment templates, and much more!

We've also made improvements to our AI-powered Code Suggestions. This is just one of many AI-assisted features we are iterating on to help you build more secure software, faster. Check out our ongoing AI/ML in DevSecOps Blog Series to stay up-to-date between GitLab release announcements.

These are just a few highlights from the 55+ improvements in this release. Read on to check out all of the great updates below.

We thank the wider GitLab community for the 304 contributions they provided to GitLab 16.0! At GitLab, everyone can contribute and we couldn't have done it without you!

To preview what's coming in next month’s release, check out our Upcoming Releases page, which includes our 16.1 release kickoff video.

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MVP This month's Most Valuable Person (MVP) is awarded to Jimmy Berry

Jimmy improved the merge request security widget by correcting which merge base is used for comparing branches on completed pipelines in the merge request. Previously, the merge request security widget was comparing the most recent security scan of a completed pipeline on the main branch of the repository. For the vulnerability findings in the merge request security widget to be accurate, we needed to adjust the logic and compare the feature branch to the main branch at the time the feature was branched from main. Without this change users might see misleading results. This was already an issue on our roadmap, and Jimmy contributed and accelerated this improvement not only for them, but for all GitLab users.

Jimmy stated:

I’ve contributed to a variety of open source projects, but have never experienced such a helpful review process.

Thank you Jimmy for helping us iterate on the logic for vulnerability findings and improve the security features in GitLab!

16.0 Key improvements released in GitLab 16.0

Value Streams Dashboard is now generally available

Value Streams Dashboard is now generally available

This new dashboard provides strategic insights into metrics that help decision-makers identify trends and patterns to optimize software delivery. The first iteration of the GitLab Value Streams Dashboard is focused on enabling teams to continuously improve software delivery workflows by benchmarking value stream life cycle (value stream analytics, DORA4), and vulnerabilities metrics.

Organizations can use the Value Streams Dashboard to track and compare these metrics over a period of time, identify downward trends early, understand security exposure, and drill down into individual projects or metrics to take actions for improvements.

This comprehensive view built as a single application with a unified data store allows all stakeholders, from executives to individual contributors, to have visibility into the software development life cycle, without needing to buy or maintain a third-party tool.

Value Streams Dashboard is now generally available

Upsizing GitLab SaaS runners on Linux

Upsizing GitLab SaaS runners on Linux

You asked, we listened! In our efforts to be best-in-class for CI/CD build speeds, we’re doubling the vCPU & RAM for all GitLab SaaS runners on Linux, with no increase in the cost factor.

We’re excited to see pipelines run faster and boost productivity.

Upsizing GitLab SaaS runners on Linux

GPU-enabled SaaS runners on Linux

GPU-enabled SaaS runners on Linux

We are aiming to bring the best practices of DevSecOps to data sciences by providing more powerful compute hardware within GitLab runner. Previously, data scientists may have had workloads that were compute-intensive and as a result, jobs may not have been as quickly executed in GitLab.

Now, with GPU-enabled SaaS runners on Linux, these workloads can be seamlessly supported using GitLab.com.

So why wait? Try out the new runner today and let us know what you think in this issue. We can’t wait to hear your feedback!

GPU-enabled SaaS runners on Linux

Apple silicon (M1) GitLab SaaS runners on macOS - Beta

Apple silicon (M1) GitLab SaaS runners on macOS - Beta

Mobile DevOps teams can now run their entire CI/CD workflows on Apple silicon (M1) GitLab SaaS runners on macOS to seamlessly create, test, and deploy applications for the Apple ecosystem.

With up to three times the performance of hosted x86-64 macOS Runners, you will increase your development team’s velocity in building and deploying applications that require macOS in a secure, on-demand GitLab Runner build environment integrated with GitLab CI/CD.

Apple silicon (M1) GitLab SaaS runners on macOS - Beta

Comment templates

Comment templates

When you’re commenting in issues, epics, or merge requests you might repeat yourself and need to write the same comment over and over. Maybe you always need to ask for more information about a bug report. Maybe you’re applying labels via a quick action as part of a triage process. Or maybe you just like to finish all your code reviews with a funny gif or appropriate emoji. 🎉

Comment templates enable you to create saved responses that you can apply in comment boxes around GitLab to speed up your workflow. To create a comment template, go to User settings > Comment templates and then fill out your template. After it’s saved, select the Insert comment template icon on any text area, and your saved response will be applied.

This is a great way to standardize your replies and save you time!

Comment templates

Update your fork from the GitLab UI

Update your fork from the GitLab UI

Managing your fork just got easier. When your fork is behind, select Update fork in the GitLab UI to catch it up with upstream changes. When your fork is ahead, select Create merge request to contribute your change back to the upstream project. Both operations previously required you to use the command line.

See how many commits your fork is ahead (or behind) on your project’s main page and at Repository > Files. If merge conflicts exist, the UI gives guidance on how to resolve them using Git from the command line.

Update your fork from the GitLab UI

Mirror specific branches only

Mirror specific branches only

Do you need to mirror a busy repository with many branches, but you only need a few of them? Limit the number of branches you mirror by creating a regular expression that matches only the branches you need.

Previously, mirrors required you to mirror an entire repository, or all protected branches. This new flexibility can decrease the amount of data your mirrors push or pull, and keep sensitive branches out of public mirrors.

Mirror specific branches only

New Web IDE experience now generally available

New Web IDE experience now generally available

Since its introduction, we’ve been iterating on the usability, performance, and stability of the Web IDE, which has enabled us to build features like remote development workspaces and code suggestions on a powerful foundation.

We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the Web IDE Beta and starting in GitLab 16.0, we are making it the default multi-file code editor across GitLab.

New Web IDE experience now generally available

Remote development workspaces available in Beta for public projects

Remote development workspaces available in Beta for public projects

Stop spending hours, or even days, troubleshooting your local development environment and interpreting inscrutable package installation errors. Now you can define a consistent, stable, and secure development environment in code and use it to create on-demand, remote development workspaces.

These workspaces serve as personal, ephemeral development environments in the cloud. By eliminating the need for a local development environment, you can focus more on your code and less on your dependencies. Accelerate the process of onboarding to a new project and get up and running in minutes instead of days.

After the GitLab Agent for Kubernetes is configured and the dependencies are installed in your self-hosted cluster or cloud platform of choice, you can define your development environment in a .devfile.yaml file and store it in a public project. Then, you and any other developers with access to the agent can create a workspace based on the .devfile.yaml file and edit directly in the embedded Web IDE. You’ll have full terminal access to the container, allowing you to work more efficiently. When you’re done, or if something goes wrong, you can shut down the workspace and start a fresh, new workspace for your next development task.

This short video walks you through the lifecycle of a workspace in the current Beta. Learn more about workspaces in the documentation and let us know what you think in the feedback issue.

Security training with SecureFlag

Security training with SecureFlag

As security shifts left, remediating security findings without guidance can be challenging. Developers need actionable advice so they can resolve vulnerabilities and continue building features. Contextual training that is relevant to the specific vulnerability detected was released in GitLab 14.9.

In this release, we are adding an integration with SecureFlag based upon the CWE of the vulnerability. SecureFlag’s training solution is unique in that the labs involve remediating the vulnerability in a live environment, which can be transferred to a real environment.

Security training with SecureFlag

Token rotation API

Token rotation API

Previously, to rotate tokens, the token owner had to manually create a new token and replace the existing token.

Now, token owners can use a :rotate API endpoint to programatically rotate personal, group, and project access tokens.

AI-powered workflow features

AI-powered workflow features

GitLab is evolving into an AI‑powered DevSecOps platform. Over the past month, we’ve introduced 10 new experiments to improve efficiency and productivity across various GitLab features, all leveraging AI.

These AI-powered workflows boost efficiency and reduce cycle times in every phase of the software development lifecycle.

Learn more about AI-powered workflows

Code Suggestions improvements

Code Suggestions improvements

Code Suggestions is now available on GitLab.com for all users for free while the feature is in Beta. Teams can boost efficiency with the help of generative AI that suggests code while you’re developing.

We’ve extended language support from our initial six languages to now include 13 languages: C/C++, C#, Go, Java, JavaScript, Python, PHP, Ruby, Rust, Scala, Kotlin, and TypeScript.

We are making improvements to the Code Suggestions underlying AI model weekly to improve the quality of suggestions. Please remember that AI is non-deterministic, so you may not get the same suggestion week to week.

Read more about these improvements and what’s next.

Code Suggestions improvements

Error Tracking is now generally available

Error Tracking is now generally available

GitLab Error Tracking, which allows developers to discover and view errors generated by their application, is now generally available on GitLab.com! GitLab error tracking helps to increase efficiency and awareness by surfacing error information directly in the same interface as the code is developed, built, deployed, and released.

In this release, we are supporting both the GitLab integrated error tracking and the Sentry-based backends.

Custom value streams for project-level value stream analytics

Custom value streams for project-level value stream analytics

To improve the visibility into the complete workstream, we are adding to the project-level Value Stream Analytics (VSA) the Overview stage and the option to create custom value streams.

Until now, these features were only available at the group-level VSA only.

Custom value streams for project-level value stream analytics

16.0 Other improvements in GitLab 16.0

Authenticate with Jira personal access tokens

Authenticate with Jira personal access tokens

Previously, you could only authenticate the Jira issue integration with a Jira username and password.

Now you can use a Jira personal access token to authenticate if you are using Jira Data Center and Jira Server with Jira 8.14 and later. A Jira personal access token is a safer alternative to a username and password.

Import collaborators as an additional item to import

Import collaborators as an additional item to import

In GitLab 15.10, we started mapping GitHub repository collaborators as GitLab project members during GitHub project imports. We received feedback that this led to confusion and that some GitHub collaborators were unexpectedly added and consumed seats.

In GitLab 16.0, we’ve iterated and added GitHub repository collaborators to the list of additional items to import. This gives users the option to avoid importing these users and to understand the possible implications of importing them.

This option is selected by default. Leaving it selected might result in new users using a seat in the group or namespace, and being granted permissions as high as project owner. Only direct collaborators are imported. Outside collaborators are never imported.

Opt in to a new navigation experience

Opt in to a new navigation experience

GitLab 16.0 features an all-new navigation experience! To get started, go to your avatar in the top right of the UI and turn on the New navigation toggle. The left sidebar changes to a new and improved design, based on user feedback we’ve received over the last year.

Please let us know about your experience in this issue. Based on the feedback, we will be progressively enabling the new navigation across our user base, with the final step being removal of the old navigation.

Opt in to a new navigation experience

Add or resolve to-do items on tasks, objectives, and key results

Add or resolve to-do items on tasks, objectives, and key results

We know that GitLab To-Do List is a widely adopted feature, but it was not available on tasks, objectives, and key results.

In this release, we’re introducing the ability to toggle a to-do item on or off from a work item record.

Add or resolve to-do items on tasks, objectives, and key results

GitLab Pages unique subdomains

GitLab Pages unique subdomains

In previous versions of GitLab, cookies of different GitLab Pages sites under the same top-level group were visible for other projects under the same top-level because of the GitLab Pages default URL format.

Now, you can secure your sites by assigning a unique subdomain to each GitLab Pages project.

Pick custom colors for labels

Pick custom colors for labels

Until now, you could specify only a fixed number of colors for your labels.

This release introduces a color picker to label management, allowing you to select any range of colors for your labels.

Pick custom colors for labels

Real-time merge request updates

Real-time merge request updates

When working on merge requests, it’s important to make sure that what you’re seeing is the latest information for approvals, pipelines or other information that might impact your ability to get the changes merged. Historically, this has meant refreshing the merge request or waiting for polling updates to come through.

We’ve improved the experience of both the merge button widget and approval widget inside of the merge request, so that they now update in real-time in the merge request. This is a great improvement to improve the speed at which you can deliver changes, and the confidence at which you can move a merge request forward knowing you’re seeing the latest information.

We’re looking at more areas for real-time improvements in merge requests, so follow along for updates.

Configurable maximum number of included CI/CD configuration files

Configurable maximum number of included CI/CD configuration files

The include keyword lets you compose your CI/CD configuration from multiple files. For example, you can split one long .gitlab-ci.yml file into multiple files to increase readability, or reuse one CI/CD configuration file in multiple projects.

Previously, a single CI/CD configuration could include up to 150 files, but in GitLab 16.0 administrators can modify this limit to a different value in the instance settings.

Create an instance runner in the Admin Area as a user

Create an instance runner in the Admin Area as a user

In this new workflow, adding a new runner to a GitLab instance requires authorized users to create a runner in the GitLab UI and include essential configuration metadata. With this method, the runner is now easily traceable to the user, which will help administrators troubleshoot build issues or respond to security incidents.

GitLab Runner 16.0

GitLab Runner 16.0

We’re also releasing GitLab Runner 16.0 today! GitLab Runner is the lightweight, highly-scalable agent that runs your CI/CD jobs and sends the results back to a GitLab instance. GitLab Runner works in conjunction with GitLab CI/CD, the open-source continuous integration service included with GitLab.

What’s new:

The list of all changes is in the GitLab Runner CHANGELOG

REST API endpoint to create a runner

REST API endpoint to create a runner

Users can now use the new REST API endpoint, POST /user/runners, to automate the creation of runners associated with a user. When a runner is created, an authentication token is generated. This new endpoint supports the Next GitLab Runner Token Architecture workflow.

REST API endpoint to create a runner

Trigger job mirror status of downstream pipeline when cancelled

Trigger job mirror status of downstream pipeline when cancelled

Previously, a trigger job configured with strategy: depends mirrored the job status of the downstream pipeline. If the downstream pipeline was in the running status, the trigger job was also marked as running. Unfortunately, if the downstream job did not comnplete and had a status canceled, the trigger job’s status was inaccurately failed.

In this release, we have updated trigger jobs with strategy: depend to reflect the downstream’s pipelines’s statis accurately. When a downstream pipeline is cancelled, the trigger also shows canceled.

This change may have an impact on your existing pipelines, especially if you have jobs that rely on the trigger job’s status being marked as failed. We recommend reviewing your pipeline configurations and making any necessary adjustments to accommodate this change in behavior.

Import Maven/Gradle packages by using CI/CD pipelines

Import Maven/Gradle packages by using CI/CD pipelines

Have you been thinking about moving your Maven or Gradle repository to GitLab, but haven’t been able to invest the time to plan the migration? GitLab is proud to announce the MVC launch of a Maven/Gradle package importer.

You can now use the Packages Importer tool to import packages from any Maven/Gradle compliant registry, like Artifactory.

To use the tool, simply create a config.yml file that contains the details of the packages you want to import into GitLab. Then add the importer to a .gitlab-ci.yml pipeline configuration file, and the importer does the rest. It runs in the pipeline, dynamically generating a child pipeline with jobs that import all the packages into your GitLab package registry.

Placeholder for issue description in Service Desk automated replies

Placeholder for issue description in Service Desk automated replies

It is useful for a Service Desk requester to see their original request in the automated thank you email replies.

In this release, we add an %{ISSUE_DESCRIPTION} placeholder so that Service Desk administrators can include the original request in the thank you email.

Faster, easier Scala scanning in SAST

Faster, easier Scala scanning in SAST

GitLab Static Application Security Testing (SAST) now offers Semgrep-based scanning for Scala code. This work builds on our previous introduction of Semgrep-based Java scanning in GitLab 14.10. As with the other languages we have transitioned to Semgrep-based scanning, Scala scanning coverage uses GitLab-managed detection rules to detect a variety of security issues.

The new Semgrep-based scanning runs significantly faster than the existing analyzer based on SpotBugs. It also doesn’t need to compile your code before scanning, so it’s simpler to use.

GitLab’s Static Analysis and Vulnerability Research teams worked together to translate rules to the Semgrep format, preserving most existing rules. We also updated, refined, and tested the rules as we converted them.

If you use the GitLab-managed SAST template (SAST.gitlab-ci.yml), both Semgrep-based and SpotBugs-based analyzers now run whenever Scala code is found. In GitLab Ultimate, the Security Dashboard combines findings from the two analyzers, so you won’t see duplicate vulnerability reports.

In a future release, we’ll change the GitLab-managed SAST template (SAST.gitlab-ci.yml) to only run the Semgrep-based analyzer for Scala code. The SpotBugs-based analyzer will still scan code for other languages, including Groovy and Kotlin. You can disable SpotBugs early if you prefer to use only Semgrep-based scanning.

If you have any questions, feedback, or issues with the new Semgrep-based Scala scanning, please file an issue, we’ll be glad to help.

SAST analyzer updates

SAST analyzer updates

GitLab SAST includes many security analyzers that the GitLab Static Analysis team actively maintains, updates, and supports. We published the following updates during the 16.0 release milestone:

  • The Semgrep-based analyzer includes updated GitLab-managed scanning rules. See the CHANGELOG for further details. We’ve updated the rules to:
  • The Flawfinder-based analyzer now supports passing the --neverignore flag to disregard “ignore” directives in comments. See the CHANGELOG for further details.
  • The KICS-based analyzer is updated to KICS version 1.7.0. See the CHANGELOG for further details.
  • The MobSF-based analyzer now supports multiple modules and projects, which resolves several bug reports. See the CHANGELOG for further details.

Also, as previously announced, we increased the major version number of each analyzer as part of GitLab 16.0.

If you include the GitLab-managed SAST template (SAST.gitlab-ci.yml) and run GitLab 16.0 or higher, you automatically receive these updates. To remain on a specific version of any analyzer and prevent automatic updates, you can pin its version.

For previous changes, see last month’s updates.

Add and remove compliance frameworks without using bulk actions

Add and remove compliance frameworks without using bulk actions

In GitLab 15.11, we added bulk adding and removing of compliance frameworks to the compliance frameworks report.

Now in GitLab 16.0, you can also add and remove compliance frameworks from projects directly from the report table row.

Before GitLab 16.0, you had to create and edit frameworks in the group’s settings.

Now in GitLab 16.0, you can create or edit your compliance frameworks in the compliance framework report as well. This simplifies the framework creation workflow and reduces the need to switch contexts while managing your frameworks.

Provide a reason when dismissing vulnerabilities in bulk

Provide a reason when dismissing vulnerabilities in bulk

When selecting one or more vulnerabilities in the vulnerability report, it’s possible to change their status in bulk.

With this release, you can now select a dismissal reason when choosing the dismiss status, and add a comment when changing a vulnerability’s status.”

Provide a reason when dismissing vulnerabilities in bulk

Delayed group and project deletion set as default

Delayed group and project deletion set as default

To prevent accidental deletion of projects and groups, starting in GitLab 16.0, the delayed deletion feature will be turned on by default for all GitLab Ultimate and Premium customers.

Self-managed users still have the option to define a deletion delay period of between 1 and 90 days, and SaaS users have a non-adjustable default retention period of 7 days.

Users of Ultimate and Premium groups can still delete a group or project immediately from the group or project settings via a two-step deletion process.

We believe that this change will contribute to a safer deletion process and will be beneficial in preventing accidental deletions. We’d love your feedback in issue #396996.

Option to disable followers

Option to disable followers

We have received feedback from users who wanted to prevent getting unwanted followers of their user profile. We listened to your concerns, so now, in your user profile settings under Preferences, you can disable following.

When you disable this feature, no one can follow you, and you cannot follow anyone. All existing following and follower relationships are removed, and the count is set to zero.

Self-managed GitLab uses two database connections

Self-managed GitLab uses two database connections

Starting with 16.0, self-managed installations of GitLab will have two database connections by default, instead of one. This change makes self-managed versions of GitLab behave similarly to GitLab.com, and is a step towards enabling a separate database for CI features for self-managed versions of GitLab.

This change applies to installation methods with Omnibus GitLab, GitLab Helm chart, GitLab Operator, GitLab Docker images, and installation from source.

Filter GitHub repositories to import

Filter GitHub repositories to import

If you own or collaborate on a lot of repositories in GitHub, you might have trouble finding those that you want to import to GitLab using the current filtering option.

To make finding the right repositories easier, we have added additional filters. You can now list subsets of the repositories you can import using three tabs:

  • Owner, to list repositories you own.
  • Collaborator, to list repositories you collaborate on.
  • GitHub organization, to list repositories that belong to GitHub organizations.

On the Organization tab, you can further narrow down your search and choose a specific organization and list only repositories belonging to that organization.

Limit session length for users

Limit session length for users

Administrators can remove the “Remember Me” option for users when signing in so that sessions cannot be extended and the user is forced to re-authenticate. Limiting the duration of a session may improve instance security.

Add emoji reactions on tasks, objectives and key results

Add emoji reactions on tasks, objectives and key results

You can now contribute to tasks, objectives and key results with the addition of emoji reactions for work items.

Before this release, you could only add reactions on issues, merge requests, snippets, and epics.

Add emoji reactions on tasks, objectives and key results

Change work item type from quick action

Change work item type from quick action

With this additional quick action, you can now convert key results to objectives.

Change work item type from quick action

New stage events for custom Value Stream Analytics

New stage events for custom Value Stream Analytics

Value Stream Analytics has been extended with two new stage events: issue first assigned and merge request first assigned. These events can be useful for measuring the time it takes for an item to be first assigned to a user.

To implement this feature, GitLab started storing the history of assignment events in GitLab 16.0. This means that issue and MR assignment events prior to GitLab 16.0 are not available.

New stage events for custom Value Stream Analytics

Reorder child records for tasks, objectives and key results

Reorder child records for tasks, objectives and key results

If you’re a user of tasks or OKRs you’ve likely wished more than once that we could reorder the child records within the widget!

With this work, users will now be able to reorder child records within work item widgets allowing them to indicate relative priority or signal what’s up next.

Reorder child records for tasks, objectives and key results

CI/CD components

CI/CD components

In this release we are excited to announce the availability of CI/CD components, as an experimental feature. A CI/CD component is a reusable single-purpose building block that can be used to compose a part of a project’s CI/CD configuration, or even an entire pipeline.

When combined with the inputs keyword, a CI/CD component can be made much more flexible. You can configure the component to your exact needs by inputting values which can be used for job names, variables, credentials, and so on.

Create a group runner as a user

Create a group runner as a user

In this new workflow, adding a new runner to a GitLab group requires authorized users to create a runner in the GitLab UI and include essential configuration metadata. With this method, the runner is now easily traceable to the user, which will help administrators troubleshoot build issues or respond to security incidents.

Create project runners as a user

Create project runners as a user

In this new workflow, adding a new runner to a project requires authorized users to create a runner in the GitLab UI and include essential configuration metadata.

With this method, the runner is now easily traceable to the user, which will help administrators troubleshoot build issues or respond to security incidents.

Per-cache fallback cache keys in CI/CD pipelines

Per-cache fallback cache keys in CI/CD pipelines

Using a cache is a great way to speed up your pipelines by reusing dependencies that were already fetched in a previous job or pipeline. But when there is no cache yet, the benefits of caching are lost because the job has to start from scratch, fetching every dependency.

We previously introduced a single fallback cache to use when no cache is found, that you can define globally. This was useful for projects that used a similar cache for all jobs. Now in 16.0 we’ve improved that feature with per-cache fallback keys. You can define up to 5 fallback keys for every job’s cache, greatly reducing the risk that a job runs without a useful cache. If you have a wide variety of caches, you can now use an appropriate fallback cache as needed.

Rate Limit for the projects/:id/jobs API endpoint reduced

Rate Limit for the projects/:id/jobs API endpoint reduced

Previously, the GET /api/:version/projects/:id/jobs was rate limited to 2000 authenticated requests per minute.

To move this in line with other rate limits and improve efficiency and reliability, we have lowered the limit to 600 authenticated requests per minute.

Download packages from the Maven Registry with Scala

Download packages from the Maven Registry with Scala

The GitLab Package Registry now supports downloading Maven packages using the Scala build tool (sbt). Previously, Scala users had no way to download Maven packages from the registry because basic authentication was not supported. As a result, Scala users were either blocked from using the registry or had to use Maven (mvn) or Gradle as an alternative.

By adding support for Scala, we hope to help you use the Package Registry with your more data intensive projects.

Please note that publishing artifacts using sbt is not yet supported, but you can follow issue 408479 if you are interested in adding support for publishing.

Display message when deploy freeze is active

Display message when deploy freeze is active

GitLab now shows you a message on the Environments page when a deploy freeze is in effect. This helps ensure your team is aware of when freezes occur, and when deployments are not allowed.

Browser-based DAST performance improvements

Browser-based DAST performance improvements

We have optimized the way that the browser-based DAST analyzer performs its scans. These improvements have significantly decreased the amount of time that it takes to run a DAST scan with the browser-based analyzer. The following improvements have been made:

  • Added log summary statistics to help determine where time is spent during a scan. This can be enabled by including the environment variable DAST_BROWSER_LOG="stat:debug".
  • Optimized passive checks by running them in parallel.
  • Optimized passive checks by caching regular expressions used when matching content in HTTP response bodies.
  • Optimized how DAST determines whether a page has finished loading. Now, we don’t wait for excluded document types or out-of-scope URLs.
  • Reduced waiting time for pages where the DOM stabilizes quickly after page load.

With these improvements, we have seen browser-based DAST scan times reduced by 50%-80%, depending on the complexity and size of the application being scanned. While this percentage decrease may not be seen in all scans, your browser-based DAST scans should now take significantly less time to complete.

Introducing Out-of-band Application Security Testing through browser-based DAST

Introducing Out-of-band Application Security Testing through browser-based DAST

Previously, GitLab’s DAST analyzers did not support callback attacks while performing active checks. This meant that Out-of-band Application Security Testing (OAST) needed to be configured separately from your DAST scan.

Now, you can run OAST by extending the browser-based DAST analyzer configuration to enable callback attacks.

In this release we are introducing the BAS.latest.gitlab-ci.yml template. The Breach and Attack Simulation CI/CD template features job configuration for the browser-based DAST analyzer and enables container-to-container networking to add extended DAST scans against service containers to your CI/CD pipeline.

We’re continuously iterating to develop new Breach and Attack Simulation features. We’d love to hear your feedback on the addition of callback attacks to browser-based DAST.

Secret Detection updates

Secret Detection updates

We regularly release updates to the GitLab Secret Detection analyzer. During the GitLab 16.0 milestone, we:

  • Added GitLab-managed detection rules for:
    • Access tokens for the Meta, Oculus, and Instagram APIs.
    • Tokens for the Segment Public API.
  • Updated the Gitleaks scanning engine to version 8.16.3.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented scanning when a repository had only a single commit.
  • Incremented the analyzer major version to 5, as previously announced.

See the CHANGELOG for further details.

If you use the GitLab-managed Secret Detection template (Secret-Detection.gitlab-ci.yml) and run GitLab 16.0 or higher, you automatically receive these updates. To remain on a specific version of any analyzer and prevent automatic updates, you can pin its version.

For previous changes, see last month’s updates.

Filter compliance violations by target branch name

Filter compliance violations by target branch name

Prior to GitLab 16.0, the compliance violations report showed all violations on all branches.

Now you can now filter violations using the new Search target branch field, allowing you to focus on the branches that you are most concerned with.

Filter compliance violations by target branch name

Support role-based approval action for scan result policies

Support role-based approval action for scan result policies

With role-based approval actions, you can configure scan result policies to require approval from GitLab-supported roles, including Owners, Maintainers, and Developers.

This gives you additional flexibility over requiring individual approvers or defined groups of users, making it easier to enforce policies based on roles you already leverage in GitLab, at scale, especially across large organizations.

Support role-based approval action for scan result policies

GitLab chart improvements

GitLab chart improvements

  • Updates to GitLab 16.0 also update cert-manager to version 1.11.x. This cert-manager update includes breaking changes you must read before upgrading. These changes include a change to container names that was best done during a major release of GitLab. To see details of updated features, see the releases notes for cert-manager 1.11.
  • PostgreSQL 12 is no longer supported. The minimum required version is PostgreSQL 13, and support for PostgreSQL 14 is added. New chart installs of GitLab include PostgreSQL 14 by default, and upgrades must follow the steps for upgrading the bundled PostgreSQL version.
  • Updates to GitLab 16.0 include an update to the Redis subchart to version 16.13.2, including Redis 6.2.7.
  • We have removed the bundled Grafana chart. For more information, see removal of the bundled Grafana Helm chart on our removals page. If you use the bundled Grafana, you must switch to the newer chart version from Grafana Labs or a Grafana Operator from a trusted provider.
  • GitLab 16.0 includes registry services details for webservice and Sidekiq in the global.registry.* configuration for simplification because the values are present in both. You can keep the old behavior with an override.
  • The minimum supported Helm version is 3.5.2.
  • The GitLab Runner default version is now Ubuntu 22.04.

Omnibus improvements

Omnibus improvements

  • PostgreSQL 12 is no longer supported. The minimum required version is PostgreSQL 13. Users of the packaged PostgreSQL 12 must perform a database upgrade before installing GitLab 16.0.
  • The new base OS for the Omnibus GitLab docker images is Ubuntu 22.04.
  • GitLab 16.0 disables older telemetry endpoints for Consul, which were deprecated in Consul 1.9. This allows us to update Consul to newer versions.
  • GitLab 16.0 includes packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9 and compatible distributions.
  • GitLab 16.0 includes Mattermost 7.10 with security updates. An upgrade from earlier versions is recommended.

Mark to-do items completed by other group or project owners Done

Mark to-do items completed by other group or project owners Done

When a user raises an access request for a group or project, the request appears in the To-Do List of the group or project owner. For groups and projects that have multiple owners, the request appears in each owner’s To-Do List.

With this new functionality, to-do items that have already been completed by another owner are marked Done in the others’ To-Do Lists.

Rate limit for unauthenticated users of the Projects List API

Rate limit for unauthenticated users of the Projects List API

Unauthenticated users of the Projects List API will be subject to rate limitations moving forward.

On GitLab.com, the limit is set to 400 requests per 10 minutes per unique IP address.

Users of self-managed GitLab instances have the same rate limitation by default, but administrators can change the rate limits as they see fit. We encourage users who need to make more than 400 requests per 10 minutes to the Projects List API to sign up for a GitLab account.

Additional Registration Features available to Free users

Additional Registration Features available to Free users

GitLab Free customers with a self-managed instance running GitLab Enterprise Edition can now access five more paid features under the Registration Features program:

To get access to these features, register with GitLab and send us activity data through Service Ping.

Bug fixes, performance improvements, and UI improvements

Bug fixes, performance improvements, and UI improvements

At GitLab, we’re dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our users. With every release, we work tirelessly to fix bugs, improve performance, and enhance UI. Whether you’re one of the over 1 million users on GitLab.com or using our platform elsewhere, we’re committed to making sure your time with us is smooth and seamless.

Click the links below to see all the bug fixes, performance enhancements, and UI improvements we’ve delivered in 16.0.

Deprecations Deprecations

New deprecations and the complete list of all features that are currently deprecated can be viewed in the GitLab documentation. To be notified of upcoming breaking changes, subscribe to our Breaking Changes RSS feed.

  • GitLab administrators must have permission to modify protected branches or tags
  • Changing MobSF-based SAST analyzer behavior in multi-module Android projects
  • GraphQL type, `RunnerMembershipFilter` renamed to `CiRunnerMembershipFilter`
  • CiRunner.projects default sort is changing to `id_desc`
  • `sidekiq` delivery method for `incoming_email` and `service_desk_email` is deprecated
  • PostgreSQL 13 no longer supported
  • Bundled Grafana deprecated and disabled
  • Removals and breaking changes Removals and breaking changes

    The complete list of all removed features can be viewed in the GitLab documentation. To be notified of upcoming breaking changes, subscribe to our Breaking Changes RSS feed.

    • Changing MobSF-based SAST analyzer behavior in multi-module Android projects
    • GitLab administrators must have permission to modify protected branches or tags
    • Secure analyzers major version update
    • Legacy URLs replaced or removed
    • SAST analyzer coverage changing in GitLab 16.0
    • Secure scanning CI/CD templates will use new job `rules`
    • Support for Praefect custom metrics endpoint configuration
    • Development dependencies reported for PHP and Python
    • License-Check and the Policies tab on the License Compliance page
    • Embedding Grafana panels in Markdown is deprecated
    • Default CI/CD job token (`CI_JOB_TOKEN`) scope changed
    • Legacy Praefect configuration method
    • Managed Licenses API
    • Environment search query requires at least three characters
    • CI/CD jobs will fail when no secret is returned from Hashicorp Vault
    • Enforced validation of CI/CD parameter character lengths
    • Deprecation and planned removal for `CI_PRE_CLONE_SCRIPT` variable on GitLab SaaS
    • External field in Releases and Release Links APIs
    • Option to delete projects immediately is deprecated from deletion protection settings
    • External field in GraphQL ReleaseAssetLink type
    • `environment_tier` parameter for DORA API
    • The API no longer returns revoked tokens for the agent for Kubernetes
    • Use of third party container registries is deprecated
    • Configuring Redis config file paths using environment variables is deprecated
    • The latest Terraform templates will overwrite current stable templates
    • Non-standard default Redis ports are deprecated
    • Developer role providing the ability to import projects to a group
    • Projects API field `operations_access_level` is deprecated
    • Container registry pull-through cache
    • Cookie authorization in the GitLab for Jira Cloud app
    • Deployment API returns error when `updated_at` and `updated_at` are not used together
    • Limit personal access token and deploy token's access with external authorization
    • Auto DevOps no longer provisions a PostgreSQL database by default
    • Conan project-level search endpoint returns project-specific results
    • DAST report variables deprecation
    • Dependency Scanning support for Java 13, 14, 15, and 16
    • `POST ci/lint` API endpoint deprecated
    • Azure Storage Driver defaults to the correct root prefix
    • Support for periods (`.`) in Terraform state names might break existing states
    • The Phabricator task importer is deprecated
    • KAS Metrics Port in GitLab Helm Chart
    • DAST API variables
    • DAST API scans using DAST template is deprecated
    • Configuration fields in GitLab Runner Helm Chart
    • `vulnerabilityFindingDismiss` GraphQL mutation
    • Non-expiring access tokens
    • Starboard directive in the configuration of the GitLab agent for Kubernetes
    • Security report schemas version 14.x.x
    • Use of `id` field in `vulnerabilityFindingDismiss` mutation
    • Container Scanning variables that reference Docker
    • Toggle behavior of `/draft` quick action in merge requests
    • CAS OmniAuth provider
    • Remove `job_age` parameter from `POST /jobs/request` Runner endpoint
    • Redis 5 deprecated
    • Bundled Grafana Helm Chart is deprecated
    • Work items path with global ID at the end of the path is deprecated
    • Major bundled Helm Chart updates for the GitLab Helm Chart
    • Legacy Gitaly configuration method
    • `name` field for `PipelineSecurityReportFinding` GraphQL type
    • Deprecated Consul http metrics
    • Jira DVCS connector for Jira Cloud
    • PostgreSQL 12 deprecated
    • Monitor performance metrics through Prometheus
    • GitLab self-monitoring project
    • `started` iteration state
    • Deprecate legacy Gitaly configuration methods
    • `CI_BUILD_*` predefined variables
    • GraphQL API Runner status will not return `paused`
    • Changing merge request approvals with the `/approvals` API endpoint
    • Other notable changes Other notable changes

      Over the past several milestones, GitLab has expanded its runner types, including the introduction of:

      As we continue to scale our compute-based offerings, we’re renaming “CI/CD minutes” and related terms to “compute minutes.” This allows customers to have a single unit to purchase and consume as we expand our offerings. We’re doing the renaming iteratively and progress is tracked in the relevant epic.

      Changelog Changelog

      Please check out the changelog to see all the named changes:

      Installing Installing

      If you are setting up a new GitLab installation please see the download GitLab page.

      Updating Updating

      Check out our update page.

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