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GitLab 12.3: Web Application Firewall for Kubernetes Ingress prevents malicious code

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Meet the newest monthly release from GitLab. GitLab version 12.3 adds features for free users and premium users alike. As an added bonus, you can also watch all the talks from GitLab Commit Brooklyn 2019 with a handy YouTube playlist. The good news for GitLab keeps coming. Recently, the company reached a valuation of $2.7 billion.

The monthly update for GitLab is here, with features and improvements for premium and free users alike.

Version 12.3 arrives after the first GitLab Users Conference in Brooklyn, NYC. Londoners, don’t feel too envious of the (best) New York borough just yet. The first European premier user conference will take place in London on October 9.

You can also watch all the talks and keynotes from GitLab Commit Brooklyn 2019 in this YouTube playlist.

Now, onto the newest updates.

GitLab 12.3 features

Some of the highlights of this release:

Web Application Firewall

For Kubernetes Ingress, this WAF plug-in determines whether or not HTTP or HTTSP traffic to your app contains trojans or other forms of malicious code. Users can view the WAF logs and have an in-depth look at their app’s traffic. The plug-in comes pre-configured, so it is ready to go right out of the box.

ModSecurity runs in “Detection-only mode” by default. Read more about ModSecurity, the open source web app firewall here.

This feature is available for all users, including free users.

Productivity analytics

Premium, ultimate, silver, and gold users can manage their workflow by checking out the new productivity analytics. Use filters to explore team data and figure out the best methods for better productivity.

The announcement blog notes that this initial release does not include backfilled historical data. Track this issue here.

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Design Management updates

Last release, version 12.2 introduced Design Management, allowing users to directly upload designs to issues. This feature receives some improvements, including discussion counts for improved collaboration between teams, and conversation notifications so you don’t miss a thing.


Design Management updates. Source.

12.3 comes with a host of small improvements. These include a Global view for group-level cluster deployments/environments, more efficient Git fetches, and keyboard shortcuts for next and previous unresolved discussions.

Read more about the update on the announcement blog.

Check out the update page and find out how to grab the latest version.

On the up and up

On September 17, 2019, GitLab posted an announcement that the company completed a $268 million Series E round of fundraising, led by Goldman Sachs and ICONIQ investors. This effort put the company’s valuation at $2.7 billion.

According to the post by GitLab, the DevOps tool market “is expected to triple by 2023” and reach a grand total of $5.2 billion.

SEE ALSO: Infrastructure as Code – Lessons learned from Dev to Ops

For more information about this news, read the article from Forbes staff Alex Konrad about how GitLab more than doubled its valuation. GitLab is currently ranked 32nd in the Forbes 2019 Cloud 100, with a growth rate of 143%.

According to the Forbes article, GitLab plans to go public on November 18, 2020.

Sarah Schlothauer

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Sarah Schlothauer is the editor for She received her Bachelor's degree from Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. She currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany with her husband and cat where she enjoys reading, writing, and medieval reenactment. She is also the editor for Conditio Humana, an online magazine about ethics, AI, and technology.

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