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# Security

If you find a security vulnerability in Node.js, please report it to Please withhold public disclosure until after the security
team has addressed the vulnerability.
## Reporting a Bug in Node.js

The security team will acknowledge your email within 24 hours. You will receive
a more detailed response within 48 hours.
Report security bugs in Node.js via [HackerOne](

There are no hard and fast rules to determine if a bug is worth reporting as a
security issue. Here are some examples of past issues and what the Security
Response Team thinks of them. When in doubt, please do send us a report
Your report will be acknowledged within 24 hours, and you’ll receive a more
detailed response to your report within 48 hours indicating the next steps in
handling your submission.

## Public disclosure preferred
After the initial reply to your report, the security team will endeavor to keep
you informed of the progress being made towards a fix and full announcement,
and may ask for additional information or guidance surrounding the reported
issue. These updates will be sent at least every five days; in practice, this
is more likely to be every 24-48 hours.

* [#14519]( _Internal domain
function can be used to cause segfaults_. Requires the ability to execute
arbitrary JavaScript code. That is already the highest level of privilege
### Node.js Bug Bounty Program

## Private disclosure preferred
The Node.js project engages in an official bug bounty program for security
researchers and responsible public disclosures. The program is managed through
the HackerOne platform. See <> for further details.

* [CVE-2016-7099](
_Fix invalid wildcard certificate validation check_. This was a high-severity
defect. It caused Node.js TLS clients to accept invalid wildcard certificates.
## Reporting a Bug in a third party module

* [#5507]( _Fix a defect that makes
the CacheBleed Attack possible_. Many, though not all, OpenSSL vulnerabilities
in the TLS/SSL protocols also affect Node.js.
Security bugs in third party modules should be reported to their respective
maintainers and should also be coordinated through the Node Ecosystem Security
Team via [HackerOne](

* [CVE-2016-2216](
_Fix defects in HTTP header parsing for requests and responses that can allow
response splitting_. This was a remotely-exploitable defect in the Node.js
HTTP implementation.
Details regarding this process can be found in the
[Security Working Group repository](

When in doubt, please do send us a report.
Thank you for improving the security of Node.js and its ecosystem. Your efforts
and responsible disclosure are greatly appreciated and will be acknowledged.

## Disclosure Policy

Here is the security disclosure policy for Node.js

* The security report is received and is assigned a primary handler. This
person will coordinate the fix and release process. The problem is confirmed
and a list of all affected versions is determined. Code is audited to find
any potential similar problems. Fixes are prepared for all releases which are
still under maintenance. These fixes are not committed to the public
repository but rather held locally pending the announcement.

* A suggested embargo date for this vulnerability is chosen and a CVE (Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE®)) is requested for the vulnerability.

* On the embargo date, the Node.js security mailing list is sent a copy of the
announcement. The changes are pushed to the public repository and new builds
are deployed to Within 6 hours of the mailing list being
notified, a copy of the advisory will be published on the Node.js blog.

* Typically the embargo date will be set 72 hours from the time the CVE is
issued. However, this may vary depending on the severity of the bug or
difficulty in applying a fix.

* This process can take some time, especially when coordination is required
with maintainers of other projects. Every effort will be made to handle the
bug in as timely a manner as possible; however, it’s important that we follow
the release process above to ensure that the disclosure is handled in a
consistent manner.

## Receiving Security Updates

Security notifications will be distributed via the following methods.

* <>
* <>

## Comments on this Policy

If you have suggestions on how this process could be improved please submit a
[pull request]( or
[file an issue]( to discuss.

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