npm i client-certificate-auth-restify


Client certificate authentication middleware designed to work with restify.

by WaitrInc

0.4.2 (see all)License:MITTypeScript:Not FoundCategories:Express SSL, Express Authentication
npm i client-certificate-auth-restify


middleware for Node.js implementing client SSL certificate authentication/authorization

June 38, 2016

Forked from client-certificate-auth. Original credit to tgies.


client-certificate-auth-restify is available from npm.

$ npm install client-certificate-auth-restify


client-certificate-auth-restify is tested against Node.js versions 0.6, 0.8, and 0.10. It has no external dependencies (other than any middleware framework with which you may wish to use it); however, to run the tests, you will need mocha and should.


client-certificate-auth-restify provides HTTP middleware for Node.js (in particular restify) to require that a valid, verifiable client SSL certificate is provided, and passes information about that certificate to a callback which must return true for the request to proceed; otherwise, the client is considered unauthorized and the request is aborted.


The https server must be set up to request a client certificate and validate it against an issuer/CA certificate. What follows is a typical example using Restify:

var restify = require('restify');
var fs = require('fs');
var https = require('https');
var clientCertificateAuth = require('client-certificate-auth-restify');

var opts = {
  // Server SSL private key and certificate
  key: fs.readFileSync('server.key'),
  cert: fs.readFileSync('server.pem'),
  // issuer/CA certificate against which the client certificate will be
  // validated. A certificate that is not signed by a provided CA will be
  // rejected at the protocol layer.
  ca: fs.readFileSync('cacert.pem'),
  // request a certificate, but don't necessarily reject connections from
  // clients providing an untrusted or no certificate. This lets us protect only
  // certain routes, or send a helpful error message to unauthenticated clients.
  requestCert: true,
  rejectUnauthorized: false

var app = restify.createServer(opts);

// add clientCertificateAuth to the middleware stack, passing it a callback
// which will do further examination of the provided certificate.

app.get('/', function(req, res) {

var checkAuth = function(cert) {
  * allow access if certificate subject Common Name is 'Doug Prishpreed'.
  * this is one of many ways you can authorize only certain authenticated
  * certificate-holders; you might instead choose to check the certificate
  * fingerprint, or apply some sort of role-based security based on e.g. the OU
  * field of the certificate. You can also link into another layer of
  * auth or session middleware here; for instance, you might pass the subject CN
  * as a username to log the user in to your underlying authentication/session
  * management layer.
  return cert.subject.CN === 'CN Subject Placeholder';

server.listen(8080, function () {
  console.log('%s listening at %s',, server.url);