How to generate an Android SBOM per build with Github Actions

If you’d like to generate an Android SBOM every time you build your app, you can combine previous techniques discussed on this blog to achieve this with GitHub Actions + NowSecure. If you’re not a NowSecure customer, first sign up for 10 free SBOMs so you can follow along in the tutorial. To brush up on the previous techniques, check out my blog+video on how to generate an Android SBOM in CycloneDX format.

How to generate an Android (React Native) SBOM in CycloneDX format

Let’s walk through the steps on how to generate a mobile SBOM for an Android app and compare the results from a source code vs. binary analysis. So that everyone can follow along, I decided to use the excellent open source note-taking app Joplin. The source code is available of GitHub and there are multiple flavors of the app including Android and iOS apps. The project also has a great article on building the Joplin applications which you can follow instead of the below directions if you prefer.

How to generate a Nodejs SBOM in CycloneDX format

Generating a SBOM can sometimes be very simple and other times a royal pain. For this first SBOM tutorial, I’m going down the very simple path! :-) Using the open source ios-triage app, the following steps will build a CycloneDX SBOM in json format. As I’m hoping this blog is useful for folks new to security and/or programming, I’m going to provide a step-by-step approach. Note: these commands were run on macOS but can be easily adapted for Linux or Windows