Hello everyone and welcome to another why you should adopt serverless computing special! There are some wonderful free or open source tools you can use to improve the security of your serverless projects. Let's explore some of them in this post.
Linters help improve your code by finding common coding flaws. You would typically run them when you create a pull request, create a build, or in your CI/CD.
- ESLint (Node): https://eslint.org
- Pylint (Python): https://www.pylint.org
- golanglint (golang): https://github.com/golang/lint
2. Dependency checkers
Your project might use dependencies, libraries, or packages. Some of these packages might be out-of-date, deprecated, or have known vulnerabilities. A dependency checker can help you find packages that need updating and create pull requests to update them automatically.
- npm audit (Node): https://docs.npmjs.com/auditing-package-dependencies-for-security-vulnerabilities
- Snyk (Node, .Net, Java, Python, and more): https://snyk.io
- Dependabot (Node, Python, Java, .Net, and more): https://dependabot.com
- GitHub Dependabot (Node, Python, Java, .Net, and more): https://help.github.com/en/github/administering-a-repository/keeping-your-dependencies-updated-automatically
3. AWS IAM Roles
If you are using Amazon Web Services, your projects has IAM roles for your serverless functions. The Serverless Framework automatically creates one IAM role for all the functions in your configuration file. Each function should have its own IAM role to enable the Principle of Least Privilege.
- serverless-iam-roles-per-function Serverless plugin: https://github.com/functionalone/serverless-iam-roles-per-function
- serverless-plugin-custom-roles Serverless plugin: https://github.com/AntonBazhal/serverless-plugin-custom-roles
- Collection of AWS IAM policies for the Serverless Framework: https://github.com/miguel-a-calles-mba/serverless-policies
4. Error Monitoring and Alerting
Your functions may throw an error, but you may not know about it unless you manually monitor the logs or you setup an alerting system.
- Dashbird: https://dashbird.io
- Sentry: https://docs.sentry.io/platforms/node/guides/aws-lambda/ and https://github.com/arabold/serverless-sentry-plugin
5. Termination Protection
When you deploy a new AWS CloudFormation stack to production, you might want to enable termination protection to avoid accidentally deleting your stack.
- serverless-stack-termination-protection Serverless plugin: https://github.com/miguel-a-calles-mba/serverless-stack-termination-protection
You can improve the security of your serverless project by taking advantage of free or open source solutions that are already out there.
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