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The aim of this section is to enumerate and quickly describe the tools used to find and exploit some vulnerabilities concerning database management systems.

SQL Ninja

SQL Ninja is a tool, written in Perl, which helps a penetration tester to gain a shell on a system running Microsoft SQL server, exploiting a web application resulted vulnerable to SQL Injection.


sqlmap is an open source command-line automatic SQL injection tool. Its goal is to detect and take advantage of SQL injection vulnerabilities in web applications. Once it detects one or more SQL injections on the target host, the user can choose among a variety of options to perform an extensive back-end database management system fingerprint, retrieve DBMS session user and database, enumerate users, password hashes, privileges, databases, dump entire or user's specified DBMS tables/columns, run his own SQL statement, read or write either text or binary files on the file system, execute arbitrary commands on the operating system, establish an out-of-band stateful connection between the attacker box and the database server via Metasploit payload stager, database stored procedure buffer overflow exploitation or SMB relay attack and more.


SQLiX is a tool, written in Perl, able to identify the back-end database, find blind and normal injection and also execute system commands on a Microsoft SQL Server. It was also successfully tested on MySQL and PostgreSQL.


Scuba is a Database vulnerability scanner able to find vulnerabilities like unpatched software, unsafe processes and weak password on Oracle, DB2, Microsoft SQL Server and Sybase.

SQID SQL Injection Digger

SQL injection digger is a command line program, written in ruby, that looks for SQL injections and common errors in websites. It can perform the following operations:

  • Look for SQL injection in a webpage, by looking for links
  • Submit forms in a webpage to look for SQL injection
  • Crawl a website to perform the above listed operations
  • Perform a google search for a query and look for SQL injections in the urls found


Exploiting a SQL injection vulnerability SqlDumper can make dump of any file in the file system. It work only with DBMS MySql.

SQL Power Injector

SQL Power Injector is a .Net 1.1 application used to find and exploit SQL Injection vulnerability through a vulnerable web application which uses SQL Server, MySql, Sybase/Adaptive Server and DB2 Database Management Systems as backend. It’s main feature is the support for multithreaded automation of the injection.


BobCat is a tool based on “Data Thief” and realized in .NET 2.0. It permits to take full advantage of SQL Injection vulnerability discovered in a web application to steal data, gain a shell or a reverse shell on the database management system machine. It has been tested on MSDE2000.