#383 — April 8, 2021

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April 2021 Security Releases Out Now — As mentioned last week, releases were on their way to fix a variety of high severity security issues and 15.14.0 (Latest), 14.16.1 (LTS), 12.22.1 (LTS) and 10.24.1 (LTS) are now here. More on the actual security issues below.

Security issues fixed in releases above:

  • OpenSSL: CA certificate check bypass with X509_V_FLAG_X509_STRICT – this relates to security checks on certificates with more details here.

  • OpenSSL: NULL pointer deref in signature_algorithms processing – a TLS server can be made to crash if sent a maliciously crafted renegotiation message.

  • npm upgrade: Update y18n to fix Prototype-Pollution – Maliciously overwriting the prototypes of objects is called prototype pollution and this affects an issue with that in y18n. Affects 14.x, 12.x, and 10.x only.

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NodeCSV 5.50: A Full Featured CSV Parser with a Simple API — Generation, parsing, transformation and serialization of CSV, and tested on large datasets too. The official homepage has a good example of using it.


Five Ways to Prevent Code Injection in JavaScript and Node — Some best practices for keeping your Node projects safe from code injection attacks.

Liran Tal

A Look at Class static Initializer Blocks in V8 9.1 — Sure, it looks a little Java-y, but this new syntax gives you a defined place to put code that runs just once for a defined class. Expect this in Chrome 91 (and therefore V8 9.1, we assume).

Shu-yu Guo

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📗 Tutorials and Stories

Sending Tuples from Node to Rust (and Back) — A developer needed to call a Rust API from Node and ran into some problems - here’s the story of how he solved them.

Nick Mosher

Using Top-Level await in Node Modules — From Node v14.8 onward, top-level await can be used in ES modules without needing to use the --harmony-top-level-await flag.

Stefan Judis

Observability Won’t Replace Monitoring (Because It Shouldn’t)

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Node Development with Docker and Docker Compose — Using Docker and Docker Compose to develop Nod projects can be a good option, especially if working in a team. This article provides a walk-through of a possible setup and some pros and cons of the approach.

Giuseppe Morelli

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Getting Started with Apache Kafka in Node.js

Valeri Karpov

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active-win: Get Metadata About the Active Window — I haven’t thought of a good use for this yet but it’s interesting. Running it in the terminal, say, gives you the title, width, height, x and y of the window.

Sindre Sorhus

iohook: Global Keyboard and Mouse Listener — Similarly to the item above, this does what it says and with the sample code you can track the pointer and keyboard globally on your system.


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StrongSoap 3.2: A SOAP Driver for Node — A complete rewrite of node-soap and a heavier alternative to easy-soap-request which we covered in depth in issue 378.


PM2 WebUI: An Open-Source Alternative to PM2 Plus — May be useful if you’re using the PM2 process manager.

Surya T

it-to-stream 1.0: Convert Streaming Iterables to Node Streams

Alan Shaw

Tail: A Zero Dependency Module for Tailing a File

Luca Grulla

p-queue: A Promise Queue with Concurrency Control — Useful for rate-limiting operations such as when interacting with third party APIs.

Sindre Sorhus

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