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GitHub introduced a new AI-powered feature capable of speeding up vulnerability fixes while coding.…

GitHub has introduced a new AI-driven feature aimed at expediting the resolution of vulnerabilities during the coding process. This functionality, known as Code Scanning Autofix, is currently in public beta and automatically activated for GitHub Advanced Security (GHAS) subscribers with private repositories.

Leveraging the capabilities of GitHub Copilot and CodeQL, this tool assists in addressing over 90% of critical issues in Script, TypeScript, Java, and Python. Upon activation, it provides potential solutions that could potentially resolve more than two-thirds of identified vulnerabilities with minimal manual intervention.

Pierre Tempel and Eric Tooley from GitHub highlighted that the fix recommendations come with a detailed explanation in natural language, along with a preview of the proposed code changes for developers to review, modify, or reject. These suggestions may encompass alterations within the current file, across multiple files, and even in the project’s dependencies.

The adoption of this feature leads to a significant reduction in the workload for security teams, allowing them to focus on fortifying the organization’s defenses instead of grappling with emerging security issues during development. However, developers are advised to verify the effectiveness of the suggested fixes, as they may only partially mitigate the vulnerability or impact the code’s intended functionality.

By empowering developers to address security threats proactively during the coding phase, GitHub’s Code Scanning Autofix aids in mitigating software security debt accumulation. This tool not only streamlines the cleanup process but also complements the efficiency gains brought by GitHub Copilot in automating repetitive tasks.

In the near future, GitHub plans to expand the language support to include C# and Go. More details about the Code Scanning Autofix tool powered by GitHub Copilot can be found on GitHub’s documentation portal.

Additionally, GitHub recently enforced protection mechanisms across all public repositories to prevent inadvertent exposure of access tokens and API secrets while pushing new code. This proactive measure was prompted by the alarming statistics revealing that GitHub users inadvertently leaked 12.8 million sensitive pieces of information across over 3 million public repositories in 2023.

The repercussions of such data exposures have been severe, with reported incidents of exploits leading to significant breaches in recent years, as highlighted by BleepingComputer[1, 2, 3].

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