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safe-regex

detect possibly catastrophic, exponential-time regular expressions

    2.1.1latest

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safe-regex

Detect potentially catastrophic exponential-time regular expressions by limiting the star height to 1.

WARNING: This module has both false positives and false negatives. Use vuln-regex-detector for improved accuracy.

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Example

Suppose you have a script named safe.js:

var safe = require('safe-regex'); var regex = process.argv.slice(2).join(' '); console.log(safe(regex));

This is its behavior:

$ node safe.js '(x+x+)+y' false $ node safe.js '(beep|boop)*' true $ node safe.js '(a+){10}' false $ node safe.js '\blocation\s*:[^:\n]+\b(Oakland|San Francisco)\b' true

Methods

const safe = require('safe-regex')

const ok = safe(re, opts={})

Return a boolean ok whether or not the regex re is safe and not possibly catastrophic.

re can be a RegExp object or just a string.

If the re is a string and is an invalid regex, returns false.

  • opts.limit - maximum number of allowed repetitions in the entire regex. Default: 25.

Install

With npm do:

npm install safe-regex

Resources

What should I do if my project has a super-linear regex?

  1. Confirm that it is reachable by untrusted input.
  2. If it is, you can consider whether you can prevent worst-case behavior by trimming the input, revising the regex, or replacing the regex with another algorithm like string functions. For examples, see Table 5 in this article.
  3. If none of those solutions looks feasible, you might also consider changing regex engines. The RE2 bindings might work, though test carefully to confirm there are no semantic portability problems.

Further reading

The following documents may be edifying:

Project policies

Versioning

This project follows Semantic Versioning 2.0 (semver).

Here are the project-specific meanings of MAJOR, MINOR, and PATCH updates:

  • MAJOR: "Incompatible" API changes were introduced. There are two types in this module:
    • Changes that modify the interface
    • Changes that cause any regexes to be marked as unsafe that were formerly marked as safe
  • MINOR: Functionality was added in a backwards-compatible manner. There are two types in this module:
    • Refactoring the analyses but not changing their results
    • Modifying the analyses to reduce false positives, without affecting negatives (false or true)
  • PATCH: I don't anticipate using PATCH for this module

License

MIT

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What is safe-regex?

detect possibly catastrophic, exponential-time regular expressions

Is safe-regex popular?

The npm package safe-regex receives a total of 11,573,766 weekly downloads. As such, safe-regex popularity was classified as popular.

Is safe-regex well maintained?

We found that safe-regex demonstrated a not healthy version release cadence and project activity because the last version was released a year ago.It has 1 open source maintainer collaborating on the project.

Last updated on 21 Oct 2019
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