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Talk:Testing for SQL Wildcard Attacks (OWASP-DS-001)

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I don't think we should list "%" as an "extra" wildcard as it is the standard SQL (Oracle, MS, My, etc) wildcard. Rick.mitchell 10:17, 13 August 2008 (EDT)

This seems to mix two vulnerabilities/attacks. One consists of bypassing indexes that are defined on a table. In the search box example, if the user searches for, say, "foo", the database can use indexes to quickly locate the matching records. If the user inputs "*", no index can be found and the entire table has to be scanned, which is expensive and unwanted. Possible fixes here: write better queries (for example, stop after finding N matches), filter input to remove metacharacters. The second attack class is algorithmic complexity attacks. There's a nice description (and it's the standard reference) at Essentially, in many cases, input can be crafted so that the performance of several data structures and algorithms on them (most notably, hash functions and regular expressions) can be degraded to its worst case. Some references:

Marco 02:34, 22 August 2008 (EDT)