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Framework 1.0 & 2.0 might be more vulnerable to SQL injections than the later versions of .NET. Thanks to the proper implementation and use of design patters already embedded in ASP.NET such as MVC(also depending on the version), it is possible to create applications free from SQL injections, however, there might be times where a developer might prefer to use SQL code directly in the code.


A developer creates a webpage with 3 fields and submit button, to search for employees on . Field name, lastname + id

The developer implements a dynamic SQL statement or Stored procedure in the code such as this one:

//example sql statement
SqlDataAdapter thisCommand = new SqlDataAdapter(
         "SELECT name, lastname FROM employees WHERE ei_id = '" + 
         idNumber.Text + "'", thisConnection);
//example stored procedures
SqlDataAdapter thisCommand = new SqlDataAdapter(
                               "SearchEmployeeSP '" + 
                                idNumber.Text + "'", thisConnection);

The first code is equivalent to the following sql statement, which gets executed:

SELECT name, lastname FROM employees WHERE idNumber = '567892'

A hacker can then insert the following statement and execute the following code:

SELECT name, lastname FROM authors WHERE au_id = ; DROP DATABASE pubs --'

The semicolon ";" provides SQL with a signal that it has reached the end of the sql statement, however, the hacker uses this to continue the statement with the malicious SQL code


Parameter collections

Parameter collections such as SqlParameterCollection provide type checking and length validation. If you use a parameters collection, input is treated as a literal value, and SQL Server does not treat it as executable code, and therefore the payload can not be injected. Using a parameters collection lets you enforce type and length checks. Values outside of the range trigger an exception. Make sure you handle the exception correctly. Example of the SqlParameterCollection:

using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using (SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(connectionString)) {
DataSet dataObj = new DataSet();
SqlDataAdapter sqlAdapter = new SqlDataAdapter( "StoredProc", conn); sqlAdapter.SelectCommand.CommandType =   
//specify param type
sqlAdapter.SelectCommand.Parameters.Add("@usrId", SqlDbType.VarChar, 15);  
sqlAdapter.SelectCommand.Parameters["@usrId "].Value = UID.Text; // Add data from user sqlAdapter.Fill(dataObj); // 
populate and execute proc