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Access to let-bound variable in temporal dead zone

ID: js/variable-use-in-temporal-dead-zone
Kind: problem
Security severity: 
Severity: error
Precision: very-high
   - portability
   - correctness
Query suites:
   - javascript-security-and-quality.qls

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The scope of a variable declared with let is its innermost enclosing block statement, loop or function. Unlike variables declared with var, variables declared with let are not hoisted to the top of their scope, giving rise to a region of code where the variable is in scope, but not declared yet. Accessing a let-bound variable inside this so-called “temporal dead zone” is permitted by some legacy implementations, but is illegal in ECMAScript 2015.


Move the let declaration to the beginning of its scope.


In the following example, x is initialized before its declaration:

function f() {
    x = 23;
    let x;

The declaration should be moved as follows:

function f() {
    let x;
    x = 23;


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