Whispers - Identify Hardcoded Secrets In Static Structured Text

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    "My little birds are everywhere, even in the North, they whisper to me the strangest stories." - Lord Varys

    Whispers is a static code analysis tool designed for parsing various common data formats in search of hardcoded credentials and dangerous functions. Whispers can run in the CLI or you can integrate it in your CI/CD pipeline.

    • Passwords
    • API tokens
    • AWS keys
    • Private keys
    • Hashed credentials
    • Authentication tokens
    • Dangerous functions
    • Sensitive files
      Supported Formats
      Whispers is intended to be a structured text parser, not a code parser.
      The following commonly used formats are currently supported:
    • YAML
    • JSON
    • XML
    • .npmrc
    • .pypirc
    • .htpasswd
    • .properties
    • pip.conf
    • conf / ini
    • Dockerfile
    • Dockercfg
    • Shell scripts
    • Python3
      Python3 files are parsed as ASTs because of native language support.
      Declaration & Assignment Formats
      The following language files are parsed as text, and checked for common variable declaration and assignment patterns:
    • JavaScript
    • Java
    • Go
    • PHP
      Special Formats
    • AWS credentials files
    • JDBC connection strings
    • Jenkins config files
    • SpringFramework Beans config files
    • Java Properties files
    • Dockercfg private registry auth files
    • Github tokens
      From PyPI
    pip3 install whispers  

    From GitHub

    git clone https://github.com/Skyscanner/whispers  
    cd whispers  
    make install  


    whispers --help  
    whispers --info  
    whispers source/code/fileOrDir  
    whispers --config config.yml source/code/fileOrDir  
    whispers --output /tmp/secrets.yml source/code/fileOrDir  
    whispers --rules aws-id,aws-secret source/code/fileOrDir  
    whispers --severity BLOCKER,CRITICAL source/code/fileOrDir  
    whispers --exitcode 7 source/code/fileOrDir  


    from whispers.cli import parse_args  
    from whispers.core import run  
    src = "tests/fixtures"  
    configfile = "whispers/config.yml"  
    args = parse_args(["-c", configfile, src])  
    for secret in run(args):  

    There are several configuration options available in Whispers. It’s possible to include/exclude results based on file path, key, or value. File path specifications are interpreted as globs. Keys and values accept regular expressions and several other parameters. There is a default configuration file built-in that will be used if you don't provide a custom one.
    config.yml should have the following structure:

    - "**/*.yml"  
    - "**/test/**/*"  
    - "**/tests/**/*"  
    - ^foo  
    - bar$  
    message: Whispers from the North  
    severity: CRITICAL  
    regex: (Aria|Ned) Stark  
    ignorecase: True

    The fastest way to tweak detection (ie: remove false positives and unwanted results) is to copy the default config.yml into a new file, adapt it, and pass it as an argument to Whispers.
    whispers --config config.yml --rules starks src/file/or/dir
    Custom Rules
    Rules specify the actual things that should be pulled out from key-value pairs. There are several common ones that come built-in, such as AWS keys and passwords, but the tool is made to be easily expandable with new rules.

    • Custom rules can be defined in the main config file under rules:
    • Custom rules can be added to whispers/rules
    rule-id:  # unique rule name  
    description: Values formatted like AWS Session Token  
    message: AWS Session Token  # report will show this message  
    severity: BLOCKER           # one of BLOCKER, CRITICAL, MAJOR, MINOR, INFO  
    key:        # specify key format  
    regex: (aws.?session.?token)?  
    ignorecase: True   # case-insensitive matching  
    value:      # specify value format  
    regex: ^(?=.*[a-z])(?=.*[A-Z])[A-Za-z0-9\+\/]{270,450}$  
    ignorecase: False  # case-sensitive matching  
    minlen: 270        # value is at least this long  
    isBase64: True     # value is base64-encoded  
    isAscii: False     # value is binary data when decoded  
    isUri: False       # value is not formatted like a URI  
    similar: 0.35        # maximum allowed similarity between key and value   
    # (1.0 being exactly the same)

    All parsing functionality is implemented via plugins. Each plugin implements a class with the pairs() method that runs through files and returns the key-value pairs to be checked with rules.

    class PluginName:  
    def pairs(self, file):  
    yield "key", "value"

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