For those who haven't seen this trending elsewhere, a popular npm library executed malicious code on victims' computers. To summarize the thread (though it is worth a read) the maintainer of the library gave control to an unknown individual who claimed they wanted to maintain it. This individual added a dependency designed to execute some sort of malicious code, and people are still trying to figure out what the payload does. While a lot of people are playing the blame game, I'm interested in discussing what practical steps can be taken to limit this vector of attack. Should we establish a more rigorous process for giving up control of an npm module? Is our only hope better audit tools? I'm interested in any idea that addresses this security concern.
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