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Shell scripting with JQ help

Evening all,

this is my first go at any bash scripting and i'm struggling with handling jquery. I've got the jq library installed and working. i'm working out of Ubuntu and my JQuery looks like this, some info is censored with #.

  "description": "some description 1",
  "fixed_version": "######",
  "link": "",
  "name": "CVE-######",
  "package_name": "some package 1",
  "package_version": "####",
  "score": 4.6,
  "score_v3": 9.1,
  "severity": "Medium",
  "vectors": "AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P",
  "vectors_v3": "CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:N"
  "description": "some description 2",
  "fixed_version": "#######",
  "link": "",
  "name": "CVE-######",
  "package_name": "some package 2",
  "package_version": "#####",
  "score": 4.6,
  "score_v3": 9.1,
  "severity": "Medium",
  "vectors": "AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P",
  "vectors_v3": "CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:N"

What i'd like to do is iterate through this so like so....
echo $vulnerabilities | $JSONParser -r '.[0].description'

This is the error i'm getting
jq: error (at <stdin>:1): Cannot index object with number

I've got a web dev background and a bit of PS. Dealing with JQuery in Shell so far has been a nightmare. Can anybody tell me what i'm doing wrong???


Last edited by Scrutinizer; 01-18-2020 at 08:45 PM.. Reason: quote tags -> code tags
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jq -r '.description'

It is best to put quotes around variable expansions:
echo "$vulnerabilities"

You do not need the intermediate step, you could also do this:
jq -r '.description' "$WorkingDirectory"/vulnerabilities.txt

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 01-19-2020 at 02:32 AM..
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Thanks so much for getting back. I ran it with
echo $vulnerabilities | $JSONParser -r '.description'

it didn't error on me but it dumped both descriptions out. I need to compile an email to send out with several different fields in it and can't seem to do it with this out put. It's really odd, i wouldn't expect behavior like this for dealing with JSON.

Some description 1
Some description 2
I need to pull about 7 of these fields and compose an email that will get sent out to the teams that manage these projects. So things need to be ordered in a particular way. Normally i'd have an object and just reference that all the way through with an index but can't figure out how to do that in this case or if BASH supports objects.
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Not sure what you are looking for. You could pipe the result into a while-read loop and use shell variables to compose your command.

jq -r '.name + ";" + .description' "$WorkingDirectory"/vulnerabilities.txt |  
while IFS=\; read name description
   printf "%s\n" "Name: '${name}' has description '${description}'"

jq -r '[.name, .description] | join(";")' "$WorkingDirectory"/vulnerabilities.txt |

Would produce:
Name: 'CVE-######' has description 'some description 1'
Name: 'CVE-######' has description 'some description 2'

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I used your first solution, worked a treat. Really appreciate your help with this! Shell scripting is not as intuitive as some of the other languages i've used.

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