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Drop-in replacemnet for request to protect from SSRF and similar attacks. It's like sanitizing user input, but for URIs.

npm install safe-request
const request = require('safe-request');
request('', (error, response, body) => {
  // Error: PayloadTooBig


If you are fine with default restrictions (only http(s) requests to public networks not bigger than 1 MiB), you can pretty much use this the same way as request with callback interface. The differences are:

  • gzip support is enabled by default;
  • timeout is set to 20 seconds;
  • errors are wrapped with original accessible via error.reason.
const request = require('safe-request');
request('', (err, res, body) => {/**/});

To specify your own restrictions, provide optional first argument.

// Require a function.
const request = require('safe-request');
// Set-up restrictions.
const restrictions = {
  checkUri: (uri) => uri.protocol === 'https:', // HTTPs requests only
  checkAddress: (addr) => addr === '', // to localhost and nowhere else
  networkLimit: 20 * (2 << 20),                 // with up to 20 MiB of HTTP traffic
  decodedLimit: 128 * (2 << 20)                 // where payload is no bigger than 128 MiB.
// Pass that in as first argument.
    method: 'post',
    uri: '/create',
    qs: {admin: true},
    formData: {
      json: require('fs').createReadStream(__dirname + '/blob.bin')
    timeout: 60e3
  (err, res, body) => {/**/}
// Or bind it and use much like `request`, with automatic validation.
const boundRequest = request.bind(null, restrictions);
boundRequest('https://localhost:443/path?and=query', (err, res, body) => {/**/});

Customizing Restrictions


These are approximate tresholds, and not exact numbers. Exceeding any of those will abort the request and return PayloadTooBig error.

Defaults are 1 MiB (1048576 bytes).

  • networkLimit — maximum number bytes to read from sockets;
  • encodedLimit — maximum size of encoded payload, in bytes (e.g. gzipped);
  • decodedLimit — maximum size of decoded payload, in bytes (e.g. un-gzipped).

In addition to the above, Node's HTTP parser has a hard limit on headers size of 80 KiB, exceeding it will result in PayloadTooBig error with reason.code === 'HPE_HEADER_OVERFLOW'.

URI and Address Validation

You can specify your own validation for hostnames and URIs by providing synchronous functions that return true in case request should proceed, or anything else to end it with an appropriate error. It is possible to disable any check by providing false instead of a function.

By default, any of http and https requests are allowed, except for Private Networks.

  • checkUri — receives single argument, URL object; invoked to validate starting URI, and before every redirect;
  • checkAddress — receives last 3 arguments from Socket#lookup event (address, family, host) and invoked after every successful hostname resolution.


Unfortunately, you can't just run npm test for now. The workaround is to add something like my-pc to your /etc/hosts and run tests with

HOST=my-pc npm test

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