Searching for addslashes

Hi there,

We have a web application written in PHP that talks to an MS SQL database running on IIS 6.0.  We need to prevent SQL injection through users typing in ' and then what ever SQL they want to add into form fields etc.  Up to now we have used addslashes() which is fine, however we want a global solution to ensure that we haven't missed any.  However we don't want to go through the entire product (over 500 pages of source code) and remove every addslashes.  We already have lots of code that deals with database queries, because we support MSSQL and MySQL so we break the query strings apart and ensure they are in the correct format for each database type etc.

What we want is the ability to incorporate into this code the ability to check if slashes have been added or not, and if not then add them.  I'm thinking regular expressions would be the way to go but I have no experiance with these.  Obviously just adding slashes to a query won't work as take this string:

INSERT INTO table (field1, field2) VALUES( 'test', 'test2')

Adding slashes will produce:

INSERT INTO table(field1, field2) VALUES(\'test\', \'test2\')

This is not correct.

So any ideas?  Loads of points as we need a solution by Monday.


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Richard QuadlingConnect With a Mentor Senior Software DeveloperCommented:
mysql has mysql_real_escape_string()

mysql_real_escape_string() calls MySQL's library function mysql_real_escape_string, which prepends backslashes to the following characters: \x00, \n, \r, \, ', " and \x1a.

mssql doesn't have one.

From the PHP Manual ...

Using mysql_real_escape_string() around each variable prevents SQL Injection. This example demonstrates the "best practice" method for querying a database, independent of the Magic Quotes setting.

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// Quote variable to make safe
function quote_smart($value)
   // Stripslashes
   if (get_magic_quotes_gpc()) {
       $value = stripslashes($value);
   // Quote if not a number or a numeric string
   if (!is_numeric($value)) {
       $value = "'" . mysql_real_escape_string($value) . "'";
   return $value;

// Connect
$link = mysql_connect('mysql_host', 'mysql_user', 'mysql_password')
   OR die(mysql_error());

// Make a safe query
$query = sprintf("SELECT * FROM users WHERE user=%s AND password=%s",


The query will now execute correctly, and SQL Injection attacks will not work.

You could construct your own equivalent code for an mssql_real_escape_string which does the same thing.
I agree with RQuadling - I use the quote_smart function for all my sql these days
jbclellandAuthor Commented:
We have an equivalent to this in add_slashes.  So your querywould be:

// Make a safe query
$query = sprintf("SELECT * FROM users WHERE user=%s AND password=%s",


To clarify - we need a regualar expression that can search for where we havent used addslashes for example:

// Make a safe query
$query = sprintf("SELECT * FROM users WHERE user=%s AND password=%s",


Is there a regular expression that could for example look for quoted strings, and then find when they are broken and see if addslashes is contained within the breaks, otherwise flag it?

Your solution is a good one, but we need to search for where we haven't done it!
floorman67Connect With a Mentor Commented:
then use a drop in security class that sanitizes data, ensures an actual client connect, and stops injection, XSS, and brute force scouting

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