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Secure Browser Runtime

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This (blazing fast, 727B gzipped) library aims to provide a simple way to prevent the rewriting or overriding of several fundamental browser APIs that you need to work with on a daily basis, saving you from suffering unpleasant headaches while trying to debug something you didn't write, and happens to be done by an external source.


Using npm:

npm install secure-browser-runtime

Using yarn:

yarn add secure-browser-runtime

Using CDN:

<script src=""></script>

Supported browsers

IE / Edge
IE / Edge
iOS Safari
iOS Safari
IE10, IE11, Edge last 2 versions last 2 versions last 2 versions last 2 versions last 2 versions


You can load the code through the import spec, it will be automatically executed.

import 'secure-browser-runtime';

Also, you can still use the require function:


Important note: This must be placed at the very beginning of your application (e.g. main entrypoint for ES5+, first script in the DOM for pure HTML):

What happens when I load this in the browser?

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.

Have you ever stumbled upon code like this?

window.addEventListener('load', function(e) {
  console.log('Document is ready!');
  // Do some magic...

Everything seems to be ok, huh?

Well, it actually may be a possibility that the above code will not behave as expected.

Imagine some third-party JS script included in your page that contains something like this:

window.addEventListener = function(eventName, callback, ...others) {
  // Do something very evil

At this point, everything would depend on how the third-party script developed the new function which is assigned to that property.

To prevent this, we just wrap the properties we don't want to be overwritten, by using the Object.defineProperty method like this:

// We initially store the original reference into a constant
const propertyReference = window.addEventListener;
// Then we delete the reference to the previous value from the real object
delete window.addEventListener;
// So that we can redefine it, setting the `writeable` option to false
Object.defineProperty(window, 'addEventListener', {
  value: propertyReference,
  writeable: false,

Once this code is executed, every other attempt to overwrite that method will not work and the initial value will be kept instead.

Tip: this will likely help you too (just in case you're thinking to do stuff like this and break other people's functionalities) by throwing an error when trying to set values through the = operator or the Object.defineProperty() method, and also when trying to use the delete keyword in Strict Mode.

Here's the full list of properties that will be enclosed in a non-writable version of their initial value:

Parent object Property name Parent object Property name
window addEventListener document addEventListener
window alert document adoptNode
window atob document close
window blur document createAttribute
window btoa document createComment
window clearInterval document createDocumentFragment
window clearTimeout document createElement
window close document createEvent
window confirm document createTextNode
window focus document execCommand
window getComputedStyle document getElementById
window getSelection document getElementsByClassName
window matchMedia document getElementsByName
window moveBy document getElementsByTagName
window moveTo document hasFocus
window open document importNode
window print document normalize
window prompt document normalizeDocument
window removeEventListener document open
window resizeBy document querySelector
window resizeTo document querySelectorAll
window scroll document removeEventListener
window scrollBy document renameNode
window scrollTo document write
window setInterval document writeln
window setTimeout
window stop


Feel free to contribute adding elements to the list, if you think they should be protected, or maybe improve the structure and efficiency of the algorithm! Why not? Everything is welcome in the Open Source world :)

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