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0.0.7 • Public • Published


A Javascript library that scrubs data.


Scrubbers = require 'lib/loofah'

You often need to scrub sensitive information from data before moving it to an insecure location, or publishing it. For example, you may want to publish errors on Sentry and before doing this, you should ensure that you are not exposing fields like passwords, api keys or usernames. Loofah provides a number of easily extensible and configurable helper functions to remove these. For example, to redact all values associated with a key of password or secret you would call:

object = {: {password: 'pwd', secrets: 'no match'}, secret: 'shhh'}
clean_object = Scrubbers.object_keys(['password', 'secret'])(object)
// {a : {password: '[REDACTED]', secrets: 'no match'}, secret: '[REDACTED]'}

Library Functions

The loofah library provides a number of helper functions or scrubbers which operate on strings, objects and arrays. If given an object or array, the functions call themselves on all of its members using or deepMapValues from underscore.deep. If the functions encounter something that is not a string, object or array it is returned unchanged.

Each helper function takes a list of keywords - in the example above these are password and secret. These return a function that can then be called on an object.

myscrubber = Scrubbers.object_keys(['password', 'secret'])
myscrubber({nothing: 'to scrub'})
// {nothing: 'to scrub'}
myscrubber({password: 'scrub this'})
// {password: '[REDACTED]'}

The keywords specify search terms and can either be regular expressions or strings. Some functions will scrub the match (substrings) while others expect the search term to be a key and will scrub the value that follows. Strings will be converted to regular expressions by the scrubber. The Regex will generally be case insensitive and need to match an entire key.


If passed an object, redacts all information stored in a key that matches one of the keywords. If not passed an object, object_keys returns what it was given.

Scrubbers.object_keys(['secret', 'password'])({password: { a: 'pwd1', b: 'pwd2'}, secrets: 'not matched'})
// {password: { a: '[REDACTED]', b: '[REDACTED]'}, secrets: 'not matched'}


Redacts all substrings that match one of the keywords. If given an array or object substrings calls itself on each of the values. NB: Keywords passed as strings will be converted to case sensitive Regex

Scrubbers.substrings(['thisIsOurApiKey'])( "Don't steal our thisIsOurApiKey")
// Don't steal our [REDACTED]
Scrubbers.substrings(['thisIsOurApiKey'])(['wrong case thisisourapikey', 'look, thisIsOurApiKey'])
// ['wrong case thisisourapikey', 'look, [REDACTED]']


Redacts the value of a url encoded '<key>=<value>' pair where the key matches one of the keywords. If passed an array or object, url_query_params calls itself on each of the values.

Scrubbers.url_query_params(['client_id', 'client_secret'])('')


Redacts the value of '<key><delim><value>' pairs in where the key matches one of the keywords. The delimiters can be specified in a string after the keywords, else they default to whitespace, = and :. If passed an array or object key_value_pairs calls itself on each of the values.

Scrubbers.key_value_pairs(['email', 'user'])("The user: NAME has email =")
// The user: [REDACTED] has email = [REDACTED]
myscrubber = Scrubbers.key_value_pairs(['email', 'user'], "//s=:-") // delimiters are whitespace, '=', ':' and '-'
("The user: NAME has email -")
// The user: [REDACTED] has email - [REDACTED]


= require 'underscore'

These functions can easily be composed using _.compose:

_.compose(Scrubbers.object_keys(['password', 'secret']), Scrubbers.substrings(['12345abcde']))(object)


Loofah provides a default list of keywords for each of its functions (except substrings which should only be called with application specific values). You can call using the default configuration by providing no arguments.


You can also call all of the library functions (except substrings) with their defaults using:

// equivalent to _.compose(key_value_pairs(), url_query_params(), object_keys())(object)

If the defaults are not quite right, you can add extra parameters by composition.

_.compose(Scrubbers.default(), Scrubbers.object_keys(['keys', 'not', 'in', 'defaults']))(object)

This will call object_keys twice; once with the parameters specified in defaults and once with your parameters. There is no way to remove parameters from the defaults other than editing the code.



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