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    a safer eval

    A safer approach for eval in node and browser. Before using this module, ask yourself if there are no better options than using saferEval. It is potentially better than the bad old eval() but still has some harmful potential. Especially when it comes to passing context props. Use clones to wrap-up the methods you like to allow. Checkout the "harmful context" tests section.


    Warning: The saferEval function may be harmful - so you are warned!

    In node the vm module is used to sandbox the evaluation of code.

    The browser version browser.js might not be as safe as the node version index.js as here no real sandboxing is available. Please consider modules like sandboxr.

    Runs on node and in modern browsers:

    node 4, 6, 8, 10, 11
    Chrome 69, 71
    Firefox 60, 64
    Edge 17, 18
    IE 11
    Safari 11, 12
    iOS Safari 11.3, 12.0


    npm install --save safer-eval

    Implementation recommendations

    Be aware that a saferEval('function(){while(true){}}()') may run infinitely. Consider using the module from within a worker thread which is terminated after timeout.

    Avoid passing context props while deserializing data from hostile environments.


    context allows the definition of passed in Objects into the sandbox. Take care, injected code can overwrite those passed context props! Check the tests under "harmful context"!


    code: String, a string containing javascript code

    context: Object, define globals, properties for evaluation context

    Returns: Any, evaluated code


    in node:

    var saferEval = require('safer-eval')
    var code = `{d: new Date('1970-01-01'), b: new Buffer('data')}`
    var res = saferEval(code)
    // => = '[object Date]'
    // => = '[object Buffer]'

    in browser:

    var saferEval = require('safer-eval')
    var code = `{d: new Date('1970-01-01'), b: function () { return navigator.userAgent }`
    var res = saferEval(code, {navigator: window.navigator})
    // => = '[object Date]'
    // => = '[object Function]'
    // => res.b() = "Mozilla/5.0 (..."

    To minimize any harmful code injection carefully select the methods you allow in context

    var code = `window.btoa('Hello, world')`
    // AVOID passing a GLOBAL context!!!
    var res = saferEval(code, {window: window})
    // BETTER - code needs only access to window.btoa
    const clones = require('clones')
    var context = {
      window: {
        btoa: clones(window.btoa, window)
    var res = saferEval(code ,context)
    // => res = 'SGVsbG8sIHdvcmxk'

    Reusing context

    Use new SaferEval() to reuse a once created context.

    const {SaferEval} = require('safer-eval')
    const safer = new SaferEval()
    var code = `{d: new Date('1970-01-01'), b: new Buffer('data')}`
    var res = safer.runInContext(code)





    npm i safer-eval@1.3.3





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