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The massive bug at the heart of npm

Darcy Clarke, former GitHub Staff Engineering Manager and founder of vlt, joins us to discuss a major bug in the npm ecosystem that he recently disclosed. We cover the bug’s timeline, nuances, and impact, all while setting some important context on npm packages, clients, and registries. Tune in to learn how to protect your codebase and gain a deeper understanding of this crucial part of the JavaScript ecosystem.

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(00:00) - It's party time, y'all
(00:40) - Welcoming Darcy
(02:56) - A massive bug
(05:04) - Ecosystem overview
(09:30) - But why?
(13:58) - Verdaccio
(16:46) - Why is this so broken
(27:38) - Timeline of the bug
(41:40) - Blog post feedback
(43:45) - Why, GitHub, why?!
(45:12) - Sponsor: Changelog News
(46:44) - How do we dig ourselves out
(53:14) - What the early days were like
(55:03) - What's next for Darcy
(57:25) - vlt (Volt)
(59:45) - Closing time!
(1:01:57) - Next up on the pod

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