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// Copyright 2022 The Go Authors. All rights reserved.
// Use of this source code is governed by a BSD-style
// license that can be found in the LICENSE file.
Package vulncheck detects uses of known vulnerabilities
in Go programs. The two main APIs of vulncheck, Source
and Binary, allow vulnerability detection in Go source
code and binaries, respectively.
vulncheck identifies vulnerability uses in Go programs
at the level of call graph, package import graph, and module
requires graph. For instance, vulncheck identifies which
vulnerable functions and methods are transitively called
from the program entry points. vulncheck also detects
transitively imported packages and required modules that
contain known vulnerable functions and methods.
A broader overview of vulncheck can be found at
Source accepts a list of vulncheck.Package objects, which
are a trimmed version of packages.Package objects to reduce
memory consumption. Binary accepts a path to a Go binary file
that must have been compiled with Go 1.18 or greater. Otherwise,
the list of modules used by the binary is unavailable and
vulncheck hence might miss vulnerabilities present in the binary.
Both Source and Binary require information about known
vulnerabilities in the form of a vulnerability database The vulnerabilities
are modeled using the shared format.
The result of vulncheck are slices of the call graph, package
imports graph, and module requires graph leading to the use
of an identified vulnerability. Parts of these graphs not
related to any vulnerabilities are omitted.
Vulnerability Witnesses
CallStacks and ImportChains APIs search the returned slices
for user-friendly representative call stacks and import chains.
Clients of vulncheck can use these stacks and chains as a
witness of a vulnerability use during, for instance, security
Note that since statically constructing an exact call graph of
a program is impossible, the produced call graph information
is over-approximate: the results might contain call stacks not
realizable in practice. On the other hand, vulncheck might
miss some call graph edges in the presence of unsafe and reflect.
package vulncheck