Object.safeAssign

Bob Myers rtm at gol.com
Fri May 1 16:21:36 UTC 2020


Can you explain or support your assertion of "increased prevalence"?

On Fri, May 1, 2020, 05:51 Mike Sherov <mike.sherov at gmail.com> wrote:

> Given the increased prevalence of prototype pollution vulnerabilities in
> many popular javascript libraries, is it time to reconsider the fact that
> Object.assign allows for prototype pollution by default?
>
> I see two options:
> 1. Change Object.assign to disallow PP by default. Look at real world
> usages and see what would break if prototype pollution was disabled? Almost
> certainly this is not a viable option, but wanted to raise it here just in
> case there was appetite to do so.
> 2. Introduce something like Object.safeAssign (bikeshedding aside), that
> is the same as Object.assign except is safe from prototype pollution.
>
> The reason I think this is important is that the common advice of freezing
> Object.prototype is something only the end user can do, and not something a
> library can do.
>
> Yes, a library can also know to do its own PP fixes, but having a reified
> way to avoid PP allows us to have a secure-by-default method in the
> language.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> Mike Sherov
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