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The Dangers of SQL Injection Attacks
From November 2017 – March 2019, 65% of web application attacks worldwide used SQL injection (SQLi). So it’s no surprise that injection attacks were named as the number one threat to web applications by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).
Why are SQLi attacks so frequent?
Web forms that use SQL queries to retrieve data are very common, from login pages to search queries, online order forms, and more.
These web forms are often connected to databases with potentially valuable information such as personal data and financial records
By targeting web forms, attackers can bypass other types of security, such as firewalls and endpoint defenses
The knowledge needed to conduct an injection attack is readily available online.
Attackers use SQLi to extract data, such as passwords and credit card information. They can add, modify, or delete records in the database, perform database operations such as changing credentials or dropping entire tables, and more. Any database that uses Structured Query Language (SQL) is vulnerable to SQLi, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB.
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How Can You Prevent SQL Injection Attacks?
A SQL injection attack typically involves supplying malicious data in form fields. This data changes the expected behavior of the underlying SQL query. Refer to our blog article on SQL injection for examples. Fortunately, there are several strategies available to you that will defend against SQL injection attacks.
… with user input. Instead, use prepared statements with parameterized queries (bound variables). Prepared statements are one of the primary lines of defense against SQL injection. Refer to the OWASP Cheat Sheet for examples of prepared statements and language-specific recommendations.
… and call them using canonical syntax. When coded correctly, stored procedures provide a similar effect to using parameterized queries. However, a stored procedure that uses a dynamically constructed SQL string can still be vulnerable to SQL injection.
… by removing special characters and reserved words. Also use field validation to ensure that data contains only expected inputs such as numbers, email addresses, etc. This strategy prevents only the simplest attacks. You must also apply strategies such as prepared statements.
… to avoid revealing details that an attacker can exploit. Use generic error messages instead.
… to the minimum necessary for a particular task, following the principle of least privilege.
Use a SAST
… such as Kiuwan Code Security to scan your source code for SQL injection flaws.
Make SQL Injection Prevention Part of your DevOps Process
Kiuwan Code Security integrates with leading CI/CD tools so that you can take a DevOps approach to SQL injection prevention. Scan your code securely on your own local server as part of your build process. Upload scan results to the cloud and share them with the development team. Generate an automatic action plan and calculate the effort required to remediate vulnerabilities. Apply what-if analysis and customize the plan to fit your team’s needs, then track the progress toward your goals.