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    Lapti Proof-of-Work Captcha npm version

    Protect heavy API methods with the force of Proof-of-Work algorithms hosted locally.


    If there are some methods in the API which take much time to serve, you may want to guard them against DDoS attacks. A way of doing that is described below.

    The server keeps some secret data SECRET which is unknown to anyone. The client sends a bit of arbitrary data data to the API method /handshake/{data}. In response to the call the server returns a token token which is SHA3(data + SECRET), and also a number complexity which sets the complexity level.

    The client then takes token and tries to find such a value nonce that the first n characters of SHA3(token + nonce) are 0 characters, where n equals complexity.

    When the needed nonce is found the client sends a request to the protected API method and attach two values to it: the initial data and the found nonce.

    The server then calculates the token from data and SECRET one more time (or gets it from a storage of some kind) and checks if SHA3(token + nonce) really matches the given complexity. If it does indeed, the protected method can be called.


    You can freely modify the captcha so its handshake method does not require any data and a session is created for every request with token entries stored somewhere in a database bound each to a correlating session. After that, all you will need to do is to check the validity of SHA3(token, nonce) against the given complexity.


    There are two principal ways to use this captcha.

    The first one is to initialize it with the container field and optional onComplete callback:

        apiUrl: 'https://api.root.url',
        data: 'data-to-be-passed-in-handshake',
        container: 'containerId',
        onComplete: function (data, proof) {
            fetch(API_ROOT + '/action/' + dataOne + '/' + proof).then(function (res) {
                res.json().then(function (data) {

    The second one is to create an instance of the captcha and interact with it through the API:

    var captcha = LaptiCaptcha.create({
        apiUrl: 'https://api.root.url',
        data: 'data-to-be-passed-in-handshake'
    // You can run it from wherever you want (proof) {
        fetch('https://api.root.url/action/' + + '/' + proof).then(function (res) {
            res.json().then(function (data) {

    Test setup

    Start the server file with Node JS and run Gulp:

    node server/main.js &

    When finished, open http://localhost:8080.


    npm i lapti-pow-captcha

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