SQL Injection is the most common form of attack on websites… still…
Attacks can be launched by modifying user input parameters to change the logic of a SQL Statement executed on the server side.
Assume you have a login page with a user name and password. You have the following server side code:
username = getRequestString("userName"); password = getRequestString("passCode"); sql = "SELECT * from Users WHERE Name ='" + username + "' AND Pass = '" + password + "'";
Assume user name is Scott and password is Tiger, this would generate the following SQL
SELECT * FROM Users WHERE Name ='Scott' AND Pass ='Tiger'
Now, if someone changes the user name and password to the following:
username : ‘or ‘1’=’1
password : ‘or ‘1’=’1
SQL generated would be as follows:
SELECT * FROM Users WHERE Name ='' or '1'='1' AND Pass ='' or '1'='1'
This would bypass the validation since ‘1’ = ‘1’ is always true.
- Do not trust incoming user-inputs - they should always be validated first.
- Consider parameterized queries
- Leverage client side validation