mysql database hacked: <iframe></iframe> appended to a column

Posted on 2009-07-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
My mysql database was hacked another time. The hacker just append an iframe to the title of my post for each entry. The content in the frame seems to be virus. Could anyone help me to avoid this in the future? I tried to use mysql_real_escape_string() for most of my queries, but not all (maybe I should check all files now). If I use mysql_real_escape_string() to all queries, will I be able to avoid this happening again? Is there any way to avoid hacker write iframe into database? Thanks.
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Expert Comment

ID: 24815025
You should.
Do you directly pass data from your web page into your mysql without validating data content?
It is hard to say.
A way to prevent data corruption in the database is to limit the possibility that an external user can submit queries directly to your database.

Expert Comment

ID: 24815040
You should convert those < and > characters into the html equivalent before saving it into the database.

Author Comment

ID: 24815231
Hi, wellhole:

Do you mean I have to change all my queries?

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Expert Comment

ID: 24815306
Your queries don't change. You just encode all strings written into the database for user submitted entries.

str = encode(str)


You can encode them when you pull them back from the database. This way you don't have to deal with what people have already entered into your forum.
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jet-black earned 500 total points
ID: 24815500
Use the function like that before using your variables in SQL statement:
function prepare_($data, $do_not_use_html=1, $use_trim = 1)
    if ($use_trim) { $data = trim($data); }
    if ($do_not_use_html) { $data = htmlspecialchars($data); }
    return $data;
example usage:
$data = prepare_($_POST['query']);

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Author Comment

ID: 24815600
Thanks. I have some function to check mysql data input. But I have a bunch of files, so I didn't use this function everywhere. Maybe I should use this function in all queries I have. Thanks!
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Expert Comment

ID: 24815635
Also you can also use the function strip_tags to remove all html tags within the field.

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