Node Security

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  • Master the origins of the Node.js and npm projects
  • Understand the architecture, including the event-loop and asynchronous I/O
  • Delve into the key aspects of avoiding some common pitfalls of JavaScript development
  • Incorporate ES5's security improvements, including strict-mode
  • Add static code analysis and the code-quality it promotes
  • Explore the basics of proper error-handling within Node applications
  • Understand the architecture of Express and Connect
  • Adapt common authentication and authorization schemes

Node.js is a fast-growing platform for building server applications using JavaScript. Now that it is being more widely used in production settings, Node applications will start to be specifically targeted for security vulnerabilities. Protecting your users will require an understanding of attack vectors unique to Node, as well as shared with other web applications.

To secure Node.js applications, we’ll start by helping you delve into the building blocks that make up typical Node applications. By understanding all the layers that you are building on top of, you can write code defensively and securely. In doing so, you will be able to protect your user's data and your infrastructure, while still using the rock-star technology behind Node.js.

Teaching you how to secure your Node applications by learning about each of the layers you will be building on top of; starting with JavaScript itself, then the Node platform, and finally the npm module ecosystem. By starting with JavaScript, you will learn what to avoid and what to embrace. Next, we will explain the Node platform, including its unique architecture and core modules, so you know how things work under the hood. Finally, we will introduce the rich ecosystem of npm modules, including modules to help you solve the common security problems you might face. Through our handy tutorials, you will be able to write secure Node.js applications, ones that will remain online under pressure and be able to weather the most common attacks that face web applications today.

  • Examine security features and vulnerabilities within JavaScript
  • Explore the Node platform, including the event-loop and core modules
  • Solve common security problems with available npm modules
Page Count 94
Course Length 2 hours 49 minutes
ISBN 9781783281497
Date Of Publication 24 Oct 2013


Dominic Barnes

Dominic Barnes is a web developer as a hobbyist and by profession. Since writing HTML with Microsoft Notepad back in high school, he has grown in skill through the many opportunities he has had. With experiences in ColdFusion, ASP.NET, PHP, and now Node.js, his passion is to create applications that people find useful. To him, the user experience is paramount and requires writing secure and high-performance code, no matter what platform is being used.