security

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Angel middleware designed to enhance application security by patching common Web security holes.

Sanitizing HTML

app.before.add(sanitizeHtmlInput());

// Or:
app.chain(sanitizeHtmlInput()).get(...)

CSRF Tokens

app.chain(verifyCsrfToken()).post('/form', ...);
app.responseFinalizers.add(setCsrfToken());

Banning by IP

app.before.add(banIp('1.2.3.4'));

// Or a range:
app.before.add(banIp('1.2.3.*'));
app.before.add(banIp('1.2.*.4'));

// Or multiple filters:
app.before.add(banIp(['1.2.3.4', '192.*.*.*', new RegExp(r'1\.2.\3.\4')]));

// Also can ban origins
app.before.add(banOrigin('*.known-attacker.com'));

// By default, `banOrigin` forces users to have an `Origin` header.
// Use this flag to disable it:
app.before.add(banOrigin('evil.site', allowEmptyOrigin: true));

Trusted Proxy

Works well with Apache or Nginx.

// ONLY trust localhost X-Forwarded-* headers
app.before.add(trustProxy('127.0.0.1'));

Throttling Requests

Throws a 429 error if the given rate limit is exceeded.

// Example: 5 requests per minute
app.before.add(throttleRequests(5, new Duration(minutes: 1)));

Helmet

Supplementary security library

Service Hooks

Also included are a set of service hooks, some ported from FeathersJS. Others are created just for Angel.

import 'package:angel_security/hooks.dart' as hooks;

Included:

  • addUserToParams
  • associateCurrentUser,
  • hashPassword
  • queryWithCurrentUser
  • restrictToAuthenticated
  • restrictToOwner
  • variantPermission

Also exported is the helper function isServerSide. Use this to determine whether a service method is being called by the server, or by a client.

Permissions

Permissions are a great way to restrict access to resources.

They take the form of:

  • service:foo
  • service:create:*
  • some:arbitrary:permission:*:with:*:a:wild:*card

The specifics are up to you.

var permission = new Permission('admin | users:find');

// Or:
// PermissionBuilders support + and | operators. Operands can be Strings, Permissions or PermissionBuilders.
var permission = (new PermissionBuilder('admin') | (new PermissionBuilder('users') + 'find')).toPermission();

// Transform into middleware
app.chain(permission.toMiddleware()).get('/protected', ...);

// Or as a service hook
app.service('protected').beforeModify(permission.toHook());

// Dynamically create a permission hook.
// This helps in situations where the resources you need to protect are dynamic.
//
// `variantPermission` is included in the `package:angel_security/hooks.dart` library.
app.service('posts').beforeModify(variantPermission((e) {
    return new PermissionBuilder('posts:modify:${e.id}');
}));

Libraries

angel_security

Angel middleware designed to enhance application security.

angel_security.hooks

Service hooks to lock down user data.