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    April 2022

    These release notes now include edited important and breaking changes. To see the complete change notes, visit the Semgrep changelog.

    Semgrep App


    • You can now search for a rule within your Rule Board.
    • A Comment column within the Rule Board enables Semgrep App to create suggestions and messages within Pull Requests (PRs) or Merge Requests (MR) based on the rule's autofix and message values.


    • Unlisted rule visibility has been renamed to Public within the Editor.
    • The Audit column within the Rule Board has been renamed to Monitor. Findings generated by rules within this column are displayed only on Semgrep App. New rule board.

    Semgrep CLI and Semgrep in CI

    These release notes encompass upgrades for all versions ranging between 0.87.0 and 0.90.0.


    • For GitHub Enterprise users: Semgrep CI uses GITHUB_SERVER_URL to generate URLs if it is available.
    • When running a baseline scan on a shallow-cloned Git repository, Semgrep still needs enough Git history available to reach the branch-off point between the baseline and current branch. Previously, Semgrep tried to gradually fetch more and more commits up to a thousand commits of history, and then fetch all commits from the remote Git server. Now, Semgrep keeps trying smaller batches until up to a million commits. This change reduces runtimes on large baseline scans on very large repositories.
    • You can now set NO_COLOR=1 to force-disable colored output.

    Breaking changes

    • taint-mode: Unification of metavariables between sources and sinks is no longer enforced by default. It was not clear that this is the most natural behavior as it was confusing even for experienced Semgrep users. Instead, each set of metavariables is now considered independent by Semgrep. The metavariables available to the rule message are all metavariables bound by pattern-sinks, and the subset of metavariables bound by pattern-sources that do not collide with the ones bound by pattern-sinks. We do not expect this change to break many taint rules because source-sink metavariable unification had a bug (see #4464) that prevented metavariables bound by a pattern-inside to be unified, thus limiting the usefulness of the feature. Nonetheless, it is still possible to enforce metavariable unification by setting taint_unify_mvars: true in the rule options. For more information, see section Metavariables, rule message, and unification.
    • The semgrep/semgrep Docker image no longer sets semgrep as the entry point. This means that Semgrep is no longer prepended automatically to any command you run in the image. This makes it possible to use the image in CI executors that run provisioning commands within the image. Affected users may receive a deprecation notice. Adjust scripts accordingly.


    • A new focus-metavariable operator that enables you to focus (or zoom in) the match on the code region delimited by a metavariable. This operator is useful for narrowing down the code matched by a rule, to focus on what matters. For more information, see focus-metavariable documentation. (#4453)
    • Join mode now supports inline rules through the rules key underneath the join key. For more information, see Inline rule example.

    Language support improvements:

    • Scala support is now officially fully GA.
      • Ellipsis method chaining supported.
      • Type metavariables are now supported.
    • Ruby support improvement:
      • Add basic support for lambdas in patterns. You can now write patterns of the form -> (P) {Q} where P and Q are sub-patterns. (#4950)

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