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Npm CSRF Libraries

Most Popular Npm CSRF Libraries

NameSizeLicenseAgeLast Published
csrf4.69 kBMIT11 Years10 Apr 2019
next-auth176.52 kBISC5 Years16 Aug 2023
recaptcha24.67 kBMIT8 Years29 Oct 2018
csrf-csrf8 kBISC1 Years15 Sep 2023
@adonisjs/shield12.7 kBMIT6 Years16 Jun 2023
remix-utils46.62 kBMIT2 Years3 Jul 2023
csrf-lite2.84 kBISC10 Years29 Mar 2016
prevoty7.24 kBApache-2.08 Years2 Sep 2016
@hapi/crumb3.52 kBBSD-3-Clause4 Years11 Feb 2023
@nextcloud/axios32.17 kBGPL-3.04 Years3 Jul 2023
jquery-csrf-token3.42 kBISC7 Years2 Jan 2017
@fastify/csrf9.29 kBMIT2 Years9 Mar 2023
csrf-login7.82 kBMIT8 Years15 Feb 2017
django-react-csrftoken5.24 kBMIT7 Years14 Jun 2018
spring-security-csrf-token-interceptor2.28 kBApache 2.09 Years23 May 2014

When Are CSRF Libraries Useful?

Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks are a major security concern whenever your application interacts with the web. Any time an application can be tricked into running a command it did not intend, it's a risk to the whole system. CSRF libraries come into the picture to provide a blanket of protection against such security threats.

CSRF libraries are particularly useful in cases where:

  • Your application accepts incoming HTTP requests. The library can help secure your application by ensuring requests originate from the trusted source and invalidating any suspicious or malicious requests.

  • You are leveraging session cookies, JWTs or other authentication methods that could be leveraged by an attacker to impersonate a user's session. CSRF libraries can help ensure session tokens and user credentials are shielded, minimizing the likelihood of unauthorized access.

  • You are working with form data. CSRF libraries can help to secure form-based interactions by providing randomized CSRF tokens that make it more difficult for attacks to be conducted.

What Functionalities Do CSRF Libraries Usually Have?

The CSRF libraries provide several key functionalities to help mitigate the risk of CSRF attacks:

  • Token Generation: CSRF libraries generally create a unique token for each session or request. This CSRF token adds a layer of security as it is difficult for an attacker to predict.

  • Token Validation: During form submission or any server call, the libraries validate the CSRF token to ensure its authenticity. This includes matching it with the one that was stored in the session or comparing it with the reference token.

  • Automated Integration: Most CSRF libraries offer easy integration with common frameworks and libraries (for instance Express.js in the Node.js ecosystem), making it seamless to enable CSRF protection.

  • Customization: Libraries typically offer room for customization, letting you adjust how stringent the security measures should be, how token expiration is handled, and so on.

Gotchas/Pitfalls to Look Out For

Despite the benefits that CSRF libraries offer, there are a few things to consider:

  • Performance Impact: The addition of CSRF libraries means extra processing on each request for token generation and validation, which might impact the performance of your application.

  • Compatibility Issues: Some CSRF libraries may not be fully compatible with all frameworks or versions, potentially causing integration issues.

  • Complexity: Implementing CSRF libraries might add to your application’s complexity, primarily when dealing with multiple cookies and domains.

  • False Sense of Security: A CSRF library can minimize the risk of a CSRF attack, but it does not guarantee complete security. Other potential vulnerabilities can still be leveraged by attackers.

In the context of npm, it's crucial to note that CSRF libraries should be regularly updated. Node.js is highly dynamic, with newer, patched versions being released frequently. Make sure to stay on top of these upgrades to ensure your application is getting the most robust security measures available.