Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1472368
[RFE] OpenSCAP to support the new CVRF standard
Last modified: 2017-07-18 14:00:28 EDT
Currently OpenSCAP supports scanning for security vulnerabilities using the OVAL CVE feed format. This is also supported by Red Hat product security who release security feeds using CVE OVAL. See https://www.redhat.com/security/data/oval/
CVE OVAL served well in the past but it looks like most vendors (including Red Hat) are now moving to CVRF. See https://www.redhat.com/security/data/metrics/
There is a lot of synergy and similarities between the formats but CVRF allows more fine-grained metadata. Furthermore it isn't as strict when it comes to specifying how to actually scan for vulnerabilities. This sounds like a drawback but it allows us to scan JARs and maybe even other formats, not just RPM like CVE OVAL.
CVRF support in OpenSCAP would enable users of middle-ware and other Red Hat products to evaluate their infrastructure with minimal changes to OpenSCAP scripting. CVRF can fully replace OVAL CVE feed scanning in the future because it provides more contextual data. In addition we can enable scanning of non-RPM packages because CVRF doesn't specify how the evaluation should be done, this gives us implementation freedom to look into JAR, node.js, etc...