1. Overview

Scan ECR registries.

2. Scan images on Amazon EC2 Container Registry (ECR)

To scan a repository, Prisma Cloud has to authenticate with ECR using either an IAM user (service account) or IAM role. The minimum permissions policy required is AmazonEC2ContainerRegistryReadOnly. It is a managed, predefined policy. AWS managed policies grant the minimum set of permissions required for common use cases so you don’t need to spend a lot of time investigating permissions yourself.

The AmazonEC2ContainerRegistryReadOnly permissions policy is currently defined as follows:

    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Sid": "PrismaCloudComputeECRScanning",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": "*"

Prerequisites: You have installed a Defender somewhere in your environment.

  1. Open Console and go to Defend > Vulnerabilities > Registry.

  2. Click Add registry.

  3. In the dialog, enter the following information:

    1. In Version, select Amazon EC2 Container Registry.

    2. In Registry, enter the URL for the registry.

    3. In Repository, enter the name of the repository to scan.

    4. In the Tag field, enter an image tag. Leave this field blank to scan all tags.

    5. Configure how Prisma Cloud authenticates with AWS.

      You can use an IAM user, IAM role, or AWS STS.

    6. In OS type, specify whether the repo holds Linux or Windows images.

    7. In Scanners scope, specify the collections of defenders to use for the scan.

      Console selects the available Defenders from the scope to execute the scan job according to the Number of scanners setting. For more information, see deployment patterns.

    8. In Number of scanners, enter the number of Defenders across which scan jobs can be distributed.

    9. Set Cap to the number of most recent images to scan. Leaving Cap set to 5 will scan the 5 most recent images. Setting this field to 0 will scan all images.

    10. Click Add.

  4. Click the Save button.

3. Results

Verify that the images in the repository are being scanned.

  1. Go to Monitor > Vulnerabilities > Images > Registries.

    A progress indicator at the top right of the window shows the status of the current scan. As the scan of each image is completed, its findings are added to the results table.

  2. To get details about the vulnerabilities in an image, click on it.

    To force a specific repository to be scanned again, select Scan from the top right of the results table, then click on the specific registry to rescan.