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GitHub Advanced Security customers that have validity checks enabled will see the validation status for select AWS, Google, Microsoft, and Slack tokens on the alert.

The following tokens are supported:

  • aws_access_key_id
  • aws_secret_access_key
  • aws_session_token
  • aws_temporary_access_key_id
  • aws_secret_access_key
  • google_oauth_access_token
  • google_api_key
  • nuget_api_key
  • slack_api_token

AWS tokens will have validation checks performed periodically in the background, with on-demand validity checks to come in the future.

View our supported secrets documentation to keep up to date as we expand validation support.

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GitHub Sponsors is now available in 35 new regions! You can now sign up for Sponsors if you have a bank account and tax residence in any of the following regions:

  • Albania
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Bahrain
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Cambodia
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Macao SAR China
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Lucia
  • Tanzania
  • Uzbekistan and Vietnam

You can sponsor projects from wherever GitHub does business and join the Sponsors waitlist if we’re not yet in your region.

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We’ve added a new category to the GitHub Docs, “Contributing to GitHub Docs”, filled with resources used by the GitHub Docs team, the rest of the company, and the open source community to create documentation. The articles in this category explain the processes behind producing documentation, how GitHub approaches docs, and how to write docs according to GitHub’s style and content guidelines. If you’ve ever wanted to know the processes behind producing documentation or you’re about to begin documenting your own project and want to base your processes on our approach, you can now find that information in GitHub Docs.

GitHub Docs is an open source project that everyone is welcome to contribute to. To contribute, head to our github/docs repository and browse the open issues with the “help wanted” label.

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Apple silicon (M1) hosted runners can now be used by any developer, team, or enterprise! You can try the new runners today by setting the runs-on: key to macos-latest-xlarge or macos-13-xlarge. The 12-core Intel macOS runner is still available as well and can be used by updating the runs-on: key to macos-latest-large, macos-12-large, or macos-13-large in your workflow file.

More information about using the M1 hosted runner can be found here.
To learn more about hosted runner per job minute pricing, check out the docs.

Join the Community Discussion to share thoughts and feedback.

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To improve accessibility for our users, we've introduced a new accessibility setting to underline links within text blocks. Links should be easily distinguishable from surrounding text, not just by color but by styling. You can now toggle an accessibility setting to either "show" or "hide" underlines for links in text blocks, ensuring clear visibility and differentiation. You can learn more about this functionality in the documentation.

During this public beta phase, your feedback is invaluable. If you spot a link within a text block that isn’t underlined when the setting is enabled, please let us know.

Thank you for supporting our commitment to making GitHub more accessible for everyone!

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In February 2022, we introduced experimental CodeQL queries that utilize machine learning to identify more potential vulnerabilities. This feature was only available for JavaScript / TypeScript code and was available to code scanning users that enabled the optional security-extended or security-and-quality query suites.

We disabled this experimental feature for new code scanning users in June 2023. Today, we're sunsetting it for all users.

Any currently open code scanning alerts from these queries (Rule ID starts with js/ml-powered/) will be closed. Closed alerts will still be visible in the code scanning alerts view in your repository’s Security tab. The complete history of each alert will remain accessible by clicking on the alert.

CodeQL will continue to run the existing non-ML versions of these queries and provide you with highly precise and actionable alerts.

We’ve learned a lot from the feedback and experience of the repositories that participated in this experiment, and we’ve since ramped up our investment in AI-powered security technology. This new technology is already boosting our ability to cover more sources and sinks of untrusted data in order to significantly increase the coverage and depth of all queries.

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Today's changelog brings you improvements to project templates (public beta), including new templates pages and the ability to create a template with a single click!

🏠 Find projects templates from your organization's Projects page

You'll now find all project templates in the "Templates" section of your organization's Projects page. This allows you to quickly find, filter, and open all available templates right alongside your projects.

You can also create templates using New template, in addition to converting an existing project into a template by toggling Make template on the project's settings page.

Create, set up, and reuse templates to make getting started with new projects a breeze!

organization templates page

In order to find templates that are relevant to you and your teams, you can now link project templates and create them directly from your team and repository "Projects" pages. This allows you to link relevant templates for quick and easy access the same way that you can link or create projects from these locations.

✍️ Tell us what you think!

We’ve got more improvements planned for project templates but we want to hear from you, so be sure to drop a note in the discussion and let us know how we can improve! Check out the documentation for more details.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Improved the project collaborators suggestions to differentiate between teams and users
  • Fixed a bug where you could not download an empty project view with Export view data
  • Fixed a border contrast issue in the Workflows page

See how to use GitHub for project planning with GitHub Issues, check out what's on the roadmap, and learn more in the docs.

Questions or suggestions? Join the conversation in the community discussion.

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You can now now see the list of recent jobs that Dependabot has run to check for updates and create or rebase pull requests directly from the repository-level dependency graph section of the insights tab. This list will show whether a job was successful, any error messages, and provide links to both the full logs for the job and any pull request affected by the job. This will give you more visibility into the Dependabot process and help you debug.

Screenshot of a list of details about recent Dependabot jobs for a repository

Learn more about troubleshooting Dependabot issues

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GitHub Advanced Security now automatically only consumes licenses for commits and pushes made after a repository is migrated to GitHub, rather than considering all historic contributions from before the migration.

When a repository is migrated to GitHub, all historic commits are combined into a single push. This meant that when GitHub Advanced Security was enabled the repository would use licenses for all commits in that combined push, and so consume licenses for all historic commits. Previously this would be resolved manually, but this ship automates this work. GitHub Advanced Security now only uses licences for commits and pushes made after migration and does not consider legacy pushes that occurred in migrated repositories.

This has shipped to and will ship to GitHub Enterprise Server 3.12. Read more about billing for GitHub Advanced Security.

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On September 27, 2023, we began blocking npm package publishes with differing name or version fields between the manifest and tarball package.json. This blocking protects against obfuscation. The different fields in the manifests have been assessed from a risk-based perspective. We will continue to analyze for other mismatches that can be blocked that won’t have adverse effects on the ecosystem. If a package is blocked, a user may receive an error message similar to “Package ‘version’ is “1.0.4”. It should match “1.0.3” from “package.json” in packaged tarball. Make all changes to package.json before packaging a tarball to publish.” In addition, a new tool, npm pkg fix, can help users fix any validation errors from the registry when they attempt to publish a package.

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GitHub Enterprise and organization owners now have improved visibility into authentication activity via personal access token (classic), fine-grained personal access token (FGP), OAuth token, SSH key or deploy key. The audit log may now contain hashed renderings of the token or key used for authentication and the programmatic_access_type field describing the type of token/key used for authentication. Enterprise and organization owners can query by specific token or key to identify and track activity.

To learn more, read our documentation on identifying audit log events performed by an access token.

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Announcing changes to permissions for packages.

We are restricting the refs REST API endpoint from accepting POSTs from users and apps that only have the permission to read and write packages. Previously, this endpoint accepted updates to both tags and branches.

If that ability is critical to your development flows you will now be required to add explicit contents permissions to create refs.

A small cohort of customers relying on this flow have been notified of these changes and will have additional time to remediate.

We appreciate your feedback in GitHub's public feedback discussions.

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To help users better understand the state of a pull request, we now provide more details in two specific cases.

Merged indirectly

If a pull request's commits are merged into the base branch by another pull request (or directly), the pull request is still marked as merged, but previously, it was not clear from the timeline that the pull request was merged this way. This could result in confusion if the pull request was still awaiting approvals or had failing status checks. Now, the timeline provides more details, including a link to the merged pull request that caused the pull request to be marked as merged.

Note: this message only appears when using rulesets.

Pushed commits are still being processed

If new commits are pushed to a pull request's branch and it takes longer than usual for them to be processed and appear in the commit list, an informational message is now presented at the top of the pull request page.

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GitHub Enterprise Cloud customers can now participate in a public beta displaying SAML single sign-on (SSO) identities for relevant users in audit log events.

SAML SSO gives organization and enterprise owners a way to control and secure access to resources like repositories, issues, and pull requests. Organization owners can invite GitHub users to join an organization backed by SAML SSO, allowing users to become members of the organization while retaining their existing identity and contributions on GitHub.

With the addition of SAML SSO identities in the audit log, organization and enterprise owners can easily link audit log activity with the user's corporate identity used to SSO into This provides increased visibility into the identity of the user and enables logs from multiple systems to quickly and easily be linked using a common SAML identity.

To learn more, read our documentation about SAML SSO authentication data in our audit logs. Enterprise and organization owners can provide feedback at the logging SAML SSO authentication data for enterprise and org audit log events community discussion page.

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npm provenance is now generally available.

npm packages built on a supported cloud CI/CD system can publish with provenance. Today this includes GitHub Actions and GitLab CI/CD.

Publishing with provenance verifiably links the package back to its source repository and build instructions. Provenance is restricted to public packages and public source repositories only.

npm will check the linked source commit and repository when you view a package's provenance information on If the linked source commit or repository cannot be found, an error displays at the top of the page and alongside the provenance information to let you know that provenance for this package can no longer be established. This can happen when a repository is deleted or made private.

Once published, packages display provenance on the registry website:

Provenance displayed on the registry website

For more information, see generating provenance.

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Starting tomorrow Tuesday, September 26, 2023 we are updating the service endpoints for organizations with GitHub Copilot Chat beta enabled. If your organization uses a firewall to restrict network traffic, we recommend updating your allowlist to include * if you haven’t done so already. This endpoint is required to deliver Copilot Chat messages.

If you are not ready to upgrade to this new endpoint, you can pin your GitHub Copilot Chat version to 0.7.1 or earlier.

If your organization doesn’t use a firewall to restrict network traffic, then no change is necessary. For a complete list of GitHub Copilot service endpoints, see our docs.

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Node 16 has reached its end of life, prompting us to initiate its deprecation process for GitHub Actions. Our plan is to transition all actions to run on Node 20 by Spring 2024. We will actively monitor the migration's progress and gather community feedback before finalizing the transition date. Starting October 23rd, workflows containing actions running on Node 16 will display a warning to alert users about the upcoming migration.

What you need to do

For Actions maintainers

Modify your actions to run on Node 20 instead of Node 16. For guidance, refer to the Actions configuration settings.

For Actions users

Ensure your workflows use the latest versions of actions that are running on Node 20. For more information, see Using Versions for Actions.

For self-hosted runner administrators:

Update your self-hosted runners to runner version v2.308.0 or later to ensure compatibility with Node 20 actions.

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Passkeys are a replacement for passwords when signing in, providing higher security, ease-of-use, and loss-protection. They are now generally available on for all users. By using a passkey you no longer need to enter a password, or even your username, when you sign in – nor do you need to perform 2FA, if you have 2FA enabled on your account. This is because passkeys validate your identity, as well as possession of a device, so they count as two authentication factors in one. Once enrolled, you can register a brand new passkey and upgrade many security keys to passkeys.

Screenshot of the security key upgrade prompt, asking the user if they'd like to upgrade a security key called 'fingerprint' to a passkey.

To learn more, check out our documentation "About passkeys", as well as this previous blog post from the passkeys beta announcement. If you have any feedback, please drop us a note in our public discussion – we're excited for this advance in account security, and would love to understand how we can make it better for you.

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