Golang module install

Download and install prerequisites

The Golang module requires two prerequisite packages to be installed: MessagePack Code Generator and the Signal Sciences custom tlstext package.

Install these packages using the go get command to download and install these packages directly from their GitHub repositories:

$ go get -u -t github.com/tinylib/msgp/msgp
$ go get -u -t github.com/signalsciences/tlstext

Download and extract the Golang module

  1. Download the latest version of the Golang module:

    $ curl -O -L https://dl.signalsciences.net/sigsci-module-golang/sigsci-module-golang_latest.tar.gz
  2. Extract the Golang module to $GOPATH/src/github.com/signalsciences:

    $ sudo mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/github.com/signalsciences
    $ sudo tar -xf sigsci-module-golang_latest.tar.gz -C $GOPATH/src/github.com/signalsciences

Wrap your application

You will need to wrap your application in the Next-Gen WAF Golang module handler for the module to process requests and secure your application.


How to best wrap your application will depend on how your application is designed. The steps listed below are provided as an example, but the methods listed may not be ideal for your specific application. More information about the Golang http package can be found in the Golang documentation.

  1. In the import section of your Golang application, add the following line to import the Golang module:

    sigsci "github.com/signalsciences/sigsci-module-golang"
  2. Create a new ServeMux in your main() function to be used with the module:

    muxname := http.NewServeMux()
  3. Add functions to the ServeMux by adding mux.handleFunc lines. For example, functions named hellofunc and examplefunc can be added with lines such as these:

    muxname.HandleFunc(/hello“, hellofunc)
    muxname.HandleFunc(/example”, examplefunc)
  4. Wrap your ServeMux in the Next-Gen WAF Golang module by adding lines similar to this example:

    1wrappername, err := sigsci.NewModule(muxname)
    2if err != nil {
    3 log.Fatal(err)
  5. Call the wrapper in the method your application uses to serve HTTP requests. For example, if you’re using the ListenAndServe method, then you would use call the wrapper with:

    http.ListenAndServe(, wrappername)

Example Application

Below is an example hello world application with the Next-Gen WAF Golang module successfully integrated:

1package main
3import (
4 "fmt"
5 "log"
6 "net/http"
8 sigsci "github.com/signalsciences/sigsci-module-golang"
11func hellofunc(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
12 fmt.Fprintf(w, "Hello, world")
15func examplefunc(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
16 fmt.Fprintf(w, "Example function output")
19func main() {
20 muxname := http.NewServeMux()
21 muxname.HandleFunc("/hello", hellofunc)
22 muxname.HandleFunc("/example", examplefunc)
24 wrappername, err := sigsci.NewModule(muxname)
25 if err != nil {
26 log.Fatal(err)
27 }
29 http.ListenAndServe("", wrappername)
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