execute query on sql server in using 2005

Posted on 2007-11-23
Last Modified: 2013-11-26

I am currently getting into I have a form with 2 .net text boxes one being txtuser and the other being txtpassword. What I am trying to do is query the database to see if the password is correct. The sql statment I would use is:-

"SELECT * FROM Users where username = " & txtUsername.text

The connectionstring is contained within web.config called conn.

I would appreciate your help please.

Many Thanks
Question by:ljhodgett
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by:Pratima Pharande
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Dim strConnectionString As String = "connetion string here"

    Dim cnn As New SqlConnection(strConnectionString)

    Dim cmd As SqlClient.SqlCommand = New SqlClient.SqlCommandSELECT * FROM Users where username = '" & txtUsername.text &"' and Password = '" & txtpass.text &"'", cnn)

            cmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text

         Dim dacmd As New SqlClient.SqlDataAdapter(cmd)

        Dim dscmd As New DataSet


 if( dscmd.Tables(0).Rows.Count =0)

         --- this is not valid password


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Ashish Patel earned 250 total points
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Use the below code and change it according to your needs.
Dim MainDbCn As SqlConnection

Dim DBCommand As New SqlCommand

Dim DBSqlReader As SqlDataReader

        MainDbCn = New SqlConnection("Your Connection String")


        DBCommand.Connection = MainDbCn 

        DBCommand.CommandText = "SELECT * FROM Users where username = '" & Replace(txtUsername.text, "'", "''") & "' And [Password] = '" & Replace(txtPassword.text,"'", "''") & "' "

        DBSqlReader = DBCommand.ExecuteReader()


If DBSqlReader.HasRows Then



   'Login Failed'

End If

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AGBrown earned 250 total points
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Hi Lee,

While the above methods will work fine, you would never want to use this method in a real web environment as it opens up an exceptionally serious security problem.

To use these code examples to first understand SqlConnection and SqlCommand objects is fine, but please then take the time to understand why "dynamically" creating SQL commands by concatenating SQL text with user input textboxes is a serious problem. The basic problem is that a malicious user finding this code can do everything from find the structure of your database to deleting data, tables and even databases, users etc in the wrong environment. This is known as a SQL Injection Attack, and is very simple to do with the above code running your queries.

The solution to this problem is to use either parameterised SQL strings, or stored procedures. For a few extra lines of code per parameter, you completely remove the SQL Injection possibility.

Rather than repeat the details here, I'll reference a few questions and discussions for you to read. If you have any further questions about the code you need to use, then please do ask.



Question with example code for parameters in SQL strings:

A few questions related to injection attacks:

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