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Taskcluster Scopes Utilities

Simple utilities to validate scopes, scope-sets, and scope-expression satisfiability.

For information on scopes, see the Taskcluster documentation.


let scopeUtils = require('taskcluster-lib-scopes');

Valid Scopes

The validScope function will determine if its input is a valid scope (string containing ascii characters):

// Check if input is a valid scope.

Scope Expressions

There are two different but similar ways to combine scopes into larger sets. The first way is using Scope Expressions which are newer and more expressive. The second way is through nested arrays. Each layer of the nesting alternates between or-ing and and-ing the contents of the array in "disjunctive normal form". Prefer using the first way when possible. Following are pairs of identical expressions in each type:

// New Style
{"AnyOf": ["abc", "def"]}
// Old Style
["abc", "def"]

// New Style
{"AnyOf": [{"AllOf": ["abc"]}, {"AllOf": ["def"]}]}
// Old Style
[["abc"], ["def"]]

// New Style
{"AllOf": ["abc", "def"]}
// Old Style
[["abc", "def"]]


This library provides a way to validate both styles of scope expressions.

// New Style
assert(scopeUtils.validExpression({AnyOf: [{AllOf: ['a', 'b'}, {AllOf: ['c']}]});

// Old Style
assert(scopeUtils.validateScopeSets([['a', 'b'], ['c']]));

Old style scope expressions are always valid so long as they are nested arrays that contain valid scopes for all elements.

New style scope expressions have a few more requirements. The following are all invalid:

{} // Empty object


Given a scope set (an array of valid scopes), this library can check to see if the scope set "satisfies" a given expression. This is done in two ways depending on which form of expression is used.

New Style

These are the "new-style" way of dealing with scopes and allow for greater flexibility than the old style. A scope expression is a valid scope or an object with a single key -- either AnyOf or AllOf mapping to an array of scope expressions.

This check is performed with scopeUtils.satisfiesExpression which takes a scopeset as the first argument and a scope expression as the second.

A scope expression can be evaluated against an array of scopes to determine if the scope expression is "satisfied" by the array of scopes. Satisfaction in this context means that the following clauses are satisfied:

AllOf: [..] All sub-expressions must be satisfied.

AnyOf: [..] At least one sub-expression must be satisfied.

"<scope>": The <scope> is satisfied by the scope-set.


// Evaluates to true
    AnyOf: ['abcd'],

// Evaluates to false
    AnyOf: ['def'],

// Evaluates to true
    AnyOf: [
      {AllOf: ['abcdef']},

If you wish to understand why a certain expression was not satisfied by a scopeset you can use the removeGivenScopes function. The function returns a scope expression where all scopes that exist are missing from the scopeset. Any scopes under an AllOf key are definitely needed to satisfy the expression and at least one of the scopes under an AnyOf must be provided to satisfy. If the scope expression is satisfied by the scopes provided, this function returns null.

    AllOf: [
      {AnyOf: ['abc']},
// Returns
// {AllOf: ['def']}

Old Style

These are evaluated with scopeMatch.

The first argument to scopeMatch is the set of scopes being tested. The second is an array of arrays of scopes, in disjunctive normal form, meaning that one set of scopes must be completely satisfied.

let myScopes = [
assert(scopeUtils.scopeMatch(myScopes, [
    // either both of these scopes must be satisfied
    ['queue:create-task:aws-provisioner-v1/my-worker', 'secrets:get:garbage/my-secrets/xx'],
    // or this scope

NOTE: this function is entirely local and does no expansion of assume: scopes. Call the authentication service's expandScopes endpoint to perform such expansion first, if necessary.

More examples:

// Checks if ['*'] satisfies [['a', 'b'], ['c']] (spoiler alert it does)
assert(scopeUtils.scopeMatch(['*'], [['a', 'b'], ['c']]));

// Checks if ['c'] satisfies [['a', 'b'], ['c']] (spoiler alert it does)
assert(scopeUtils.scopeMatch(['c'], [['a', 'b'], ['c']]));

// Checks if ['a', 'b'] satisfies [['a', 'b'], ['c']] (spoiler alert it does)
assert(scopeUtils.scopeMatch(['a', 'b'], [['a', 'b'], ['c']]));

// Checks if ['a*', 'b'] satisfies [['a', 'b'], ['c']] (spoiler alert it does)
assert(scopeUtils.scopeMatch(['a*', 'b'], [['a', 'b'], ['c']]));

// Checks if ['b'] satisfies [['a', 'b'], ['c']] (spoiler alert it doesn't)
assert(!scopeUtils.scopeMatch(['b'], [['a', 'b'], ['c']]));

Set Operations

The intersection of two scopesets A and B is the largest scopeset C which is satisfied by both A and B. Less formally, it's the set of scopes in both scopesets. The scopeIntersection function will compute this value:

const scope1 = ['bar:*'];
const scope2 = ['foo:x', 'bar:x'];
assert.equal(['bar:x'], scopeUtils.scopeIntersection(scope1, scope2));

The scopeUnion function will compute the union of two scopesets. The union of two scopesets A and B is the largest scopeset C such that any scope satisfied by C is satisfied by at least one of A or B.

Note that this function will change the order of the given scopesets.

Sorting, Merging, and Normalizing

In a given set of scopes, one scope may satisfy another, making the latter superfluous. For example, in ['ab*', 'abcd', 'xyz'] the first scope satisfies the second, so the scopeset is equivalent to ['ab*', 'xyz']. A scopeset that is minimized using this technique is said to be "normalized".

The normalizeScopeSet function will normalize a scopeset. However, it requires that its input is already sorted using scopeCompare. The whole operation looks like this:

let scopeset = ['a', 'a*', 'ab', 'b'];
    ['a*', 'b'],

The scopeCompare function sorts the scopes such that a scope ending with a * comes before anything else with the same prefix. For example, a* comes before a and ax.

Given two properly-sorted, normalized scopesets, the mergeScopeSets function will merge them into a new, sorted, normalized scopeset such that any scope satisfied by at least one of the input scopesets is satisfied by the resulting scopeset.