Essential Node.js Security

for Express Web Applications

Liran Tal
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Liran Tal

Hands-on and abundant with source code for a practical guide to Securing Node.js web applications.

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Node.js Secure Code Guidelines

Express Hardening

Node.js and npm secure dependencies management

Understanding and securing HTTP Headers, NoSQL Injections, XSS, CSRF, Regex DoS, Sessions and more

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David Madar
Software Engineer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Excellent book. Covers the possible security issues and the right way to discover and deal with them. Written clearly with plenty of examples. A great book for those who wish to enrich their knowledge in security and for those who want to implement practical security solutions in their application.

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Ran Bar Zik
Web Developer @AOL

An essential book for every Node.js developer out there. Many security issues can be avoided just by understanding the inherent security risks and this book covers clear description and how to tackle those issues. It is recommended not only for Node.js developers but to all JavaScript developers who want to expand their understanding of security. Security in source code should not be neglected and by reading this book every developer will do a major step towards producing more secure code.

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Liran is a tireless advocate for security in the JS ecosystem. He works hard to build bridges, educate developers about security issues, and support Open Source projects working to improve their security posture. Liran has served on the Node security team and is always available to support developers!

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Liran Tal

Meet Liran Tal, the Author.

Security Analyst for the Node.js Foundation

In his role as a security analyst in the Node.js Foundation's Security Working Group, Liran reviewed hundreds of vulnerability reports for npm packages and established processes for responsible security disclosures and vulnerability triage πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ.

Education is a core practice

Passionate about educating developers on application security and secure coding practices, Liran is a world-wide international speaker, workshop instructor, and author of several books on the subject. He occasionally speaks on software security topics at academic institutions, such as presenting to students at the Electrical and Computer Engineering School at Purdue University πŸŽ“.

Award-winning GitHub Star ⭐️

Liran received the GitHub Star recognition award from GitHub for his work educating and inspiring developers and actively advocating for web security.

Recipient of the Pathfinder for Security Award πŸŽ–οΈ

Honored by the OpenJS Foundation with the Pathfinder for Security Award, Liran is recognized for his work advancing Node.js security.

I'm a Security Researcher

An accomplished security researcher, Liran has disclosed security vulnerabilities in various open source software projects, including being credited with CVEs to his name for vulnerabilities in npm packages with millions of downloads.

Acclaimed Recognition at Black Hat

Liran's discovery in supply chain security research, including Lockfile Injection, was presented at the prestigious Black Hat Europe 2021 cybersecurity conference. Liran is also the creator of several developer security tooling projects such as npq, is-website-vulnerable, and snync, which help developers and enterprises defend against dependency confusion attacks.

About Liran Tal

Liran Tal is an accomplished software developer, respected security researcher, and prominent advocate for open source software in the JavaScript community. As an experienced author and educator, Liran has written several widely respected books on software security. These include "Serverless Security" published by O'Reilly, as well as the self-published titles "Essential Node.js Security" and "Web Security: Learning HTTP Security Headers". Liran's leadership in open source security includes significant contributions to OWASP projects, recording supply chain security incidents at the CNCF, and various OpenSSF initiatives. Currently, Liran is a developer advocate at Snyk where he empowers developers with the knowledge and tools needed to build and deploy secure software.

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Software Architect, Node.js Specialist

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Path Traversal Relevant to Node.js Developers?

Path traversal vulnerabilities pose a significant threat to Node.js applications, allowing attackers to navigate and access sensitive files like .env or package.json. My book is tailored to Node.js developers, providing practical insights, real-world vulnerable code examples, and secure coding practices to fortify your applications against these potentially devastating attacks.

What Makes This Book Stand Out for Secure Coding Practices?

This book goes beyond conventional secure coding guides. It not only reveals the hidden impacts of path traversal vulnerabilities but also offers hands-on examples, expert insights, and a deep dive into Node.js security. By exploring real-world vulnerable npm packages and best practices, you'll gain a robust understanding of secure coding, making this book an essential resource for Node.js developers looking to elevate their skills.

How Will This Book Enhance My Node.js Security Knowledge?

This book provides a comprehensive exploration of path traversal vulnerabilities specific to Node.js, offering practical solutions and insights tailored to this environment. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced developer, you'll gain a deep understanding of Node.js security, enabling you to proactively identify and mitigate path traversal risks in your applications.

Is This Book Suitable for Developers at Different Skill Levels?

Absolutely! My book is designed to cater to a wide range of developers. From those new to Node.js security to seasoned professionals, the content is structured to accommodate various skill levels. With a mix of foundational concepts and advanced techniques, every reader can benefit from the actionable insights and secure coding practices shared throughout the book.

How Does This Book Address the Latest Security Challenges in Node.js?

This book is not just a static guide; it evolves with the Node.js security landscape and the secure coding practices specific to Node.js. This book's content reviews security vulnerabilities, attack vectors, and security best practices. With real-world examples and practical insights, you'll be equipped to tackle the dynamic challenges of securing Node.js applications effectively. Stay ahead in the ever-changing world of web security with this 2023 up-to-date educational resource.

Can I contact the author for additional help or questions?

Anytime! I'm always happy to help. Reach out to me here [liran at lirantal dot com].