jws

Implementation of JSON Web Signatures

node-jws

An implementation of JSON Web Signatures.

This was developed against draft-ietf-jose-json-web-signature-08 and implements the entire spec except X.509 Certificate Chain signing/verifying (patches welcome).

There are both syncronous (jws.sign, jws.verify) and streaming (jws.createSign, jws.createVerify) APIs.

Install

$ npm install jws

Usage

Array of supported algorithms. The following algorithms are currently supported.

alg Parameter ValueDigital Signature or MAC Algorithm
HS256HMAC using SHA-256 hash algorithm
HS384HMAC using SHA-384 hash algorithm
HS512HMAC using SHA-512 hash algorithm
RS256RSASSA using SHA-256 hash algorithm
RS384RSASSA using SHA-384 hash algorithm
RS512RSASSA using SHA-512 hash algorithm
ES256ECDSA using P-256 curve and SHA-256 hash algorithm
ES384ECDSA using P-384 curve and SHA-384 hash algorithm
ES512ECDSA using P-521 curve and SHA-512 hash algorithm
noneNo digital signature or MAC value included

(Synchronous) Return a JSON Web Signature for a header and a payload.

Options:

  • header
  • payload
  • secret or privateKey
  • encoding (Optional, defaults to 'utf8')

header must be an object with an alg property. header.alg must be one a value found in jws.ALGORITHMS. See above for a table of supported algorithms.

If payload is not a buffer or a string, it will be coerced into a string using JSON.stringify.

Example

const signature = jws.sign({
  header: { alg: 'HS256' },
  payload: 'h. jon benjamin',
  secret: 'has a van',
});

(Synchronous) Returnstrue or false for whether a signature matches a secret or key.

signature is a JWS Signature. header.alg must be a value found in jws.ALGORITHMS. See above for a table of supported algorithms. secretOrKey is a string or buffer containing either the secret for HMAC algorithms, or the PEM encoded public key for RSA and ECDSA.

Note that the "alg" value from the signature header is ignored.

(Synchronous) Returns the decoded header, decoded payload, and signature parts of the JWS Signature.

Returns an object with three properties, e.g.

{ header: { alg: 'HS256' },
  payload: 'h. jon benjamin',
  signature: 'YOWPewyGHKu4Y_0M_vtlEnNlqmFOclqp4Hy6hVHfFT4'
}

Returns a new SignStream object.

Options:

  • header (required)
  • payload
  • key || privateKey || secret
  • encoding (Optional, defaults to 'utf8')

Other than header, all options expect a string or a buffer when the value is known ahead of time, or a stream for convenience.

Example

 
// This... 
jws.createSign({
  header: { alg: 'RS256' },
  privateKey: privateKeyStream,
  payload: payloadStream,
}).on('done', function(signature) {
  // ... 
});
 
// is equivilant to this: 
const signer = jws.createSign(
  header: { alg: 'RS256' },
);
privateKeyStream.pipe(signer.privateKey);
payloadStream.pipe(signer.payload);
signer.on('done', function(signature) {
  // ... 
});

Returns a new VerifyStream object.

Options:

  • signature
  • algorithm
  • key || publicKey || secret
  • encoding (Optional, defaults to 'utf8')

All options expect a string or a buffer when the value is known ahead of time, or a stream for convenience.

Example

 
// This... 
jws.createVerify({
  publicKey: pubKeyStream,
  signature: sigStream,
}).on('done', function(verifiedobj) {
  // ... 
});
 
// is equivilant to this: 
const verifier = jws.createVerify();
pubKeyStream.pipe(verifier.publicKey);
sigStream.pipe(verifier.signature);
verifier.on('done', function(verifiedobj) {
  // ... 
});

A Readable Stream that emits a single data event, the calculated signature, when done.

function (signature) { }

A Writable Stream that expects the JWS payload. Do not use if you passed a payload option to the constructor.

Example

payloadStream.pipe(signer.payload);

A Writable Stream. Expects the JWS secret for HMAC, or the privateKey for ECDSA and RSA. Do not use if you passed a secret or key option to the constructor.

Example:

privateKeyStream.pipe(signer.privateKey);

This is a Readable Stream that emits a single data event, the result of whether or not that signature was valid.

function (valid, obj) { }

valid is a boolean for whether or not the signature is valid.

A Writable Stream that expects a JWS Signature. Do not use if you passed a signature option to the constructor.

A Writable Stream that expects a public key or secret. Do not use if you passed a key or secret option to the constructor.

TODO

  • It feels like there should be some convenience options/APIs for defining the algorithm rather than having to define a header object with { alg: 'ES512' } or whatever every time.

  • X.509 support, ugh

License

MIT

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