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MySQL – SQL Injection, and how to Prevent it

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SQL injection vulnerabilities are often been described as the most serious threat for Web applications, regardless of what language they are written in . Web applications that are vulnerable to SQL injection may allow an attacker to gain complete access to their underlying databases, regardless of if they are using MySQL Server, SQL Server, or Oracle.

SQL-injection attacks are those in which data provided by the user is included in an SQL query in such a way that part of the user’s input is treated as SQL code that is executed on the server.   By using this technique, an attacker can submit SQL commands directly to the database.   These attacks are a serious threat to any Web application that receives input from users and passes it into SQL queries to an underlying database server.  If  user input is not santised properly, web applications may result in SQL Injection attacks that allow hackers to view information from the database and/or even wipe it out.

To defend against SQL Injection attacks, user input must not directly be embedded into SQL statements that are executed on the server.  Instead, you must use parameterized statements, and Escaping functions to check user input.

Various resource for addressing SQL Injection are as follows:

Bobby Tables provides real-world practical code for addressing SQL Injection – http://bobby-tables.com/
Michal Daw’s Blog Page outlines various SQL Injection vectors – http://michaeldaw.org/sql-injection-cheat-sheet


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