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ColdFusion Developer's Journal Special: How to Prevent an SQL Injection Attack
SQL Injection Attacks are One of the Easiest Ways to Hack Into A Website - Learn How to Prevent Them

SQL Injection attacks are one of the easiest ways to hack into a website. One recent hack, using a script from verynx.cn, involves injecting SQL into a web form that then appends some JavaScript code into fields in a database that then gets executed on the client side when a user views a database-driven page. To learn more about this hack, go to this link.

<!--- CREATE SQL REGULAR EXPRESSION--->
<cfset sqlregex = "
(SELECT\s[\w\*\)\(\,\s]+\sFROM\s[\w]+)|
(UPDATE\s[\w]+\sSET\s[\w\,\'\=]+)|
(INSERT\sINTO\s[\d\w]+[\s\w\d\)\(\,]*\sVALUES\s\([\d\w\'\,\)]+)|
(DELETE\sFROM\s[\d\w\'\=]+)|
(DROP\sTABLE\s[\d\w\'\=]+)">

 

<!--- CHECK FORM VARIABLES --->
<cfloop collection="#form#" item="formelement">
<cfif isSimpleValue(evaluate(formelement)) AND refindnocase(sqlregex, "#evaluate(formelement)#")>
<cflocation url="messages.cfm?message=Invalid Input. Possible SQL Injection attack.">
<cfset StructClear(form)>
<cfabort>
</cfif>
</cfloop>

 

<!--- CHECK URL VARIABLES --->
<cfloop collection="#url#" item="formelement">
<cfif isSimpleValue(evaluate(formelement)) AND refindnocase(sqlregex, "#evaluate(formelement)#")>
<cflocation url="messages.cfm?message=Invalid Input. Possible SQL Injection attack.">
<cfset StructClear(url)>
<cfabort>
</cfif>
</cfloop>

 

If you're using ColdFusion, to harden your website from sql injection attacks add the following code to your Application.cfm file. If you're not using ColdFusion, you can translate this code into the language you're using and it should still work.

This code would reside in your Application.cfm file which gets executed every time a ColdFusion file is requested on the server. What it does is it checks all form and URL variables to see if they contain any patterns matching an SQL SELECT, UPDATE, INSERT, DELETE or DROP statement.

If a match is found, the user is redirected to a message page indicating that a possible SQL Injection attack was made and the SQL injection is prevented.

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I could not make this work in CFMX8. Does anyone have any suggestions?

There’s a very nasty SQL injection attacking our sites at the moment:

DECLARE @S CHAR(4000);
SET @S=CAST(0x44…..72 AS CHAR(4000));
EXEC(@S);

You need to add DECLARE and EXEC to the regex.
I use (exec(|ute)[\s|\(]) which traps EXEC( and EXECUTE

If I change sqlregex = "select" for testing the code works fine.

The complete regular expression as listed above doesn't seem to work in CFMX8.

Dangerous Solution!

Whilst it can be useful to attempt to detect SQL injection; using detection as a defence mechanism is risky.

The only way to really be sure that no SQL injection will be possible in ColdFusion is to ensure all queries use the cfqueryparam tag around user supplied input. Additionally, all user input should be validated server side in order to ensure it matches a specific and expected data type and format.

In programming, one can always prove what is true, but not always prove what is false. Trying to protect a system by determining what user input is bad is shakey. By contrast, protecting a system by determining what user input is good is solid. Essentially, a system should only accept and process user input which adheres to an expected datatype and format. Everything else should be rejected.

Beware!

And, if I may, add TRUNCATE TABLE (or the equivalent for your DBMS)

Dont forget that DECLARE should also be in the list.


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With 2016 crossing the half way point, let’s take a look at some technology trends thus far. Breaches: Well, many databases are half empty due to the continued rash of intrusions while the crooks are half full with our personal information. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), there have been 522 breaches thus far in 2016 exposing almost 13,000,000 records. Many are health care providers as our medical information is becoming the gold mine of stolen info. Not really surprising since the health care wearable market is set to explode in the coming years. Many of those weara...
Enterprises and service providers are moving to cloud. Cloud providers are expanding their infrastructure, reach and ease of adoption. Users are becoming mobile, they access their information and services on their personal mobile devices first. We have seen game changers like Netflix and AirBnB become vastly successful by using the power of public cloud as their infrastructure of choice. Service providers like Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle are quickly moving their services to cloud, offering them as a SaaS subscription. So why are we seeing this new "app store" model of development, deliver...
Cloud Expo 2016 New York at the Javits Center New York was characterized by increased attendance and a new focus on operations. These were both encouraging signs for all involved in Cloud Computing and all that it touches. As Conference Chair, I work with the Cloud Expo team to structure three keynotes, numerous general sessions, and more than 150 breakout sessions along 10 tracks. Our job is to balance the state of enterprise IT today with the trends that will be commonplace tomorrow. Mobile Computing, Big Data and Analytics, the Internet of Things, Platforms and Microservices and Containe...
As good Venn diagrams always show it's the intersection areas that offer the sweet spot for trends and markets, and an especially potent one is the intersection of Cloud computing, with the blockchain and also digital identity, particularly when considered within contexts such as Digital Democracy. Given the diversity of each field alone there are multiple perspectives to this, more the start of a conversation rather than a definitive design.
Every time I call up any customer support and hear the familiar 'all our representatives are busy dealing with other customers,' that my call is very important to them and from the more technologically advanced ones that I am 'fourth in the queue and my approximate wait time is 23 minutes,' I wonder why can't they simply call me back when they are free? They already have my contact number. Some of them actually play some music while I wait - which is still better than those who actually take that opportunity to inform me about their new products.
Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lou Casal, Founder and Principal Consultant at Practicala, discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our ability to monitor behavior, gather even more customer data and potentially deliver outstanding experien...
The emerging Internet of Everything creates tremendous new opportunities for customer engagement and business model innovation. However, enterprises must overcome a number of critical challenges to bring these new solutions to market. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Martin, CTO/CIO at nfrastructure, outlined these key challenges and recommended approaches for overcoming them to achieve speed and agility in the design, development and implementation of Internet of Everything solutions within your organization.
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no idea how to get a proper answer.
The growing popularity of IoT has spawned the debate on privacy once again. Last year, Samsung stoked controversy by warning customers that their Smart TV Voice Recognition system was capable of “listening” to personal and sensitive information spoken by customers. Not only this, all of this intercepted information is transmitted over a non-encrypted connection to be stored in a third party server.
This is an unusual blog for me. Usually I talk about how organizations can more effectively leverage data and analytics to power their business. However, as I conduct more Big Data Vision Workshops, I have come to realize that a big part of the success of these engagements is the ability to “listen and comprehend.” Here are some observations and tips for “listening and comprehending” more effectively. I’ve classified this as “facilitation” because I seek to “facilitate” a dialogue with the client where I can learn enough about the client’s business to help them build the right Big Data busine...
Monitoring of Docker environments is challenging. Why? Because each container typically runs a single process, has its own environment, utilizes virtual networks, or has various methods of managing storage. Traditional monitoring solutions take metrics from each server and applications they run. These servers and applications running on them are typically very static, with very long uptimes. Docker deployments are different: a set of containers may run many applications, all sharing the resources of one or more underlying hosts. It's not uncommon for Docker servers to run thousands of short-te...
Smart Cities are here to stay, but for their promise to be delivered, the data they produce must not be put in new siloes. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mathias Herberts, Co-founder and CTO of Cityzen Data, will deep dive into best practices that will ensure a successful smart city journey.
2020 seems to be an important milestone for the Internet of Things. That’s the year that Cisco says there will be 50 billion connected devices and also the year Gartner notes that over 50% of major new business processes and systems will incorporate some element of the Internet of Things. That’s the good news.

Modern organizations face great challenges as they embrace innovation and integrate new tools and services. They begin to mature and move away from the complacency of maintaining traditional technologies and systems that only solve individual, siloed problems and work “well enough.” In order to build...

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The development of your app isn’t something that happens overnight, but rather it is something that takes place over time and through multiple iterations. While you may have developed the framework for your app already, improving engagement and innovating to provide a better user experience is a completely different process. There are plenty of ways that you can improve user engagement, but these five strategies will help you improve your app while also reducing the risk that your “innovative” updates actually decrease user engagement.