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npm-audit-helper

2.3.15 • Public • Published

npm-audit-helper

Are your npm audit results overwhelming you? This library helps you resolve them step by step.

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Overview

It can be really overwhelming to stare at an npm audit report with 50+ vulnerabilities. Where do you start? npm-audit-helper helps answer that question, by providing smaller sets of output and a few hints. Example output:

found 155 vulnerabilities (60 low, 76 moderate, 18 high, 1 critical) in 22715 scanned packages
  3 vulnerabilities require manual review. See the full report for details.
 
=== A little bit of help ===
 
Where to start:
 
- run `npm audit fix` to automatically fix 13 issues. These should all be non-breaking upgrades, so don't stress.
 
- Resolve the 3 high severity issues above and run this command again to move to the next severity.
 
- The most problematic dependency seems to be example-lib with 18 issues that need your attention.

Getting started

All you need to do is run npm audit --json and pipe the output to npm-audit-helper. There are a few different installation options:

npx (no installation)

npm audit --json | npx npm-audit-helper

Global installation

npm install -g npm-audit-helper
npm audit --json | npm-audit-helper

Per-project installation

  1. Install:
npm install --save-dev npm-audit-helper
  1. Create task in package.json:
{
  "scripts": {
    // ...
    "vuln": "npm audit --json | npm-audit-helper"
  }
}
  1. Run:
npm run vuln

This last approach is great for setting up a prepush hook with a tool like husky. npm-audit-helper will return a non-zero exit code if vulnerabilities are found.

Options

Flag Description Default
--exit-zero Return a zero exit code even when there are vulnerabilities. Useful while you're working your way down to 0 vulnerabilities false
--prod-only Filter out vulnerability information for devDependencies false

Dependencies

  • npm-audit-helper requires npm >= 6.1.0 because it relies on the --json option. npm install -g npm to upgrade.
  • npm-audit-helper won't work if it's piped invalid JSON, so you should check the output of npm audit --json if you have any trouble. A likely cause of invalid JSON is additional npm logging, so check the loglevel option in your .npmrc or ~/.npmrc file.
  • This has been tested on *nix, not Windows. Let me know if you use Windows and you'd like to use this library by opening an issue.

npm audit hints

  • You can get npm audit to ignore issues of a certain severity (but only for its exit code) by setting the audit-level option.
  • You can tell npm audit fix to only fix production dependencies with npm audit fix --only=prod.
  • If you want to add exclusions to your project (i.e. these are vulnerabilities I've reviewed and want to ignore), take a look at npm-audit-resolver. There is an RFC open to get npm audit resolve built into npm.

Note on NSP

I wrote this library while helping my company migrate from using the Node Security Project, which will be decommissioned soon. I found that npm audit found many more vulnerabilities than our nsp output used to, which meant that I needed a little help to see which issues to focus on first.

License

MIT

install

npm i npm-audit-helper

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