1.0.4 • Public • Published


NPM Build Status

Passmarked is a suite of tests that can be run against any page/website to identify issues with parity to most online tools in one package.

The Terminal Client is intended for use by developers to integrate into their workflow/CI servers but also integrate into their own application that might need to test websites and provide realtime feedback.

All of the checks on Passmarked can be voted on importance and are open-sourced, to encourage community involvement in fixing and adding new rules. We are building the living Web Standard and love any contributions.


The module checks various services to see if a link has been tag as either phishing, malware or hosting unwanted software. All the links found from the internal site, along with links to external sites, are checked

This is done by checking a few services online by either a API call or through a primed cache. The services checked are:

If the module is run without prepping it will never identify any broken rules. Services not configured will not crash or cause a error to allow users to pick services they want to enable.

Following the sections to prep your environment so these checks can be run.

After prep the following rules will be produced if any issues are detected from enabled/configured services:

  • page.unwanted - The page itself was tagged as hosting Unwanted Software
  • page.malware - The page itself was tagged as hosting Malware
  • page.phishing - The page itself was tagged as a Phishing attack
  • link.internal.unwanted - Link on the page heading to the same origin was tagged as hosting Unwanted Software.
  • link.internal.malware - Link on the page heading to the same origin was tagged as hosting Malware.
  • link.internal.phishing - Link on the page heading to the same origin was tagged as a Phishing attack.
  • link.external.unwanted - External url linked by page was tagged as hosting Unwanted Software
  • link.external.malware - External url linked by page was tagged as hosting Malware
  • link.external.phishing - External url linked by page was tagged as a Phishing Attack.


To protect again abuse there is a default upper limit of 50 per page. When running locally this limit can be upped to any number using the environment variable:


Safe Browsing

The Safe Browsing API from Google also requires API keys. Head over to the console and generate a API key, once done the keys can be configured:

SAFEBROWSING_CLIENT=<Client string for Safe Browsing API>

Note on a live service like passmarked.com it is best to override the cache from the payload and handle actual caching with services like Redis to reduce the amount of lookups against the API. The module is configured to save results with the following key structure in cache: passmarked:safebrowsing: containing a comma-delimated list of either malware, unwanted or phishing.


The module requires a primed cache of sites from Phishtank to report back on those. The module itself does not call Pishtank opting instead into simply reading from a service like Redis.

The module expects to find keys from the cache in the following format:


each of these keys would contain a comma delimited list specifying the type of issues on the link, namely unwanted, malware or unwanted.

To prime the cache, head over to www.phishtank.com/developer_info.php where the entire database of Phishtank can be downloaded, parsed and loaded into the cache of choice.

The online service at passmarked.com parses and loads the database in once a day to keep it fresh as new threats present themselves.


The rules are checked everytime a url is run through Passmarked or our API. To run using the hosted system head to passmarked.com or our Terminal Client use:

npm install -g passmarked
passmarked --filter=malware example.com

The hosted version allows free runs from our homepage and the option to register a site to check in its entirety. Using the Passmarked npm module (or directly via the API) integrations are also possible to get running reports with all the rules in a matter of seconds.

Running Locally

All rules can be run locally using our main integration library. This requires installing the package and any dependencies that the code might have such as a specific version of Openmalware, see #dependencies

First ensure passmarked is installed:

npm install passmarked
npm install @passmarked/malware

After which the rules will be runnable using promises:

  require('@passmarked/malware'), // this package
  require('@passmarked/malware') // to test malware
  url: 'http://example.com',
  body: 'body of page here',
  har: {log: {entries: []}}
}).then(function(payload) {
  if (payload.hasRule('secure')) {
    console.log('better check that ...');
  var rules = payload.getRules();
  for (var rule in rules) {
    console.log('*', rules[rule].getMessage());

Alternatively, callbacks are also available:

  url: 'http://example.com',
  body: 'body of page here',
  har: {log: {entries: []}}
}, function(err, payload) {
  if (payload.hasRule('secure')) {
    console.log("better check that ...");
  var rules = payload.getRules();
  for (var rule in rules) {
    console.log('*', rules[rule].getMessage());


The module does not require any dependencies to run but does require some work to prepare the environment before starting to provide actual results.


Rules represent checks that occur in this module, all of these rules have a UID which can be used to check for specific rules. For the structure and more details see the Wiki page on Rules.

Rules also include a type which could be critical, error, warning or notice giving a better view on the importance of the rule.


git clone git@github.com:passmarked/malware.git
npm install
npm test

Pull requests have a prerequisite of passing tests. If your contribution is accepted, it will be merged into develop (and then master after staging tests by the team) which will then be deployed live to passmarked.com and on NPM for everyone to download and test.


To learn more visit:


Copyright 2016 Passmarked Inc

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at


Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

Package Sidebar


npm i @passmarked/malware

Weekly Downloads






Last publish


  • passmarked