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Escaping characters to stop SQL injection, ASP

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Hi Guys and Gals,
I have an ASP site in which users are adding items to the DB (login, password, and a little bit of other info).  I am looking for a way to stop the chance of SQL injections from happening.

I also use Dreamweaver to build the site and to make the majority of the DB connections and inserts/updates, etc.

My idea is to remove possible characters from the user generated form data before it hit the sql string.  Here is a list of character I was thinking of removing or not allowing: =, <, >, /-+*, ', "

My idea was to build a function that would remove all of the characters listed above.

Would that stop SQL injection attacks?

Thanks,
Slim
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by:cyberkiwi
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That will stop names like Jean-luc and comments like
O'brian said, "30+ only please"
It makes sense in some limited uses, but generally you should look at using parameters to state exactly what input matches what parts of the query, letting parameterization take care of protection
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by:arnold
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The best way is to validate the data  being provided to match the input being expected and not passing the input data directly to the sql.

http://forums.asp.net/t/1254125.aspx

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff648339.aspx
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Wayne Barron earned 500 total points
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See if this will give you what you are wanting.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/A_3626.html


Good Luck
Carrzkiss
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by:YohanF
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I am not sure how to do this, but if you use prepared statements, or as they call parameterised queries.
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by:Wayne Barron
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@YohanF
Yes, it is called that, and it listed in the article that I wrote of which I provided the link for.
Which gives you everything that you need to learn how to do it.

Have a good one.
Carrzkiss
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by:YohanF
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@carrzkiss, good one.. I havent done ASP my self, its just the prepared statements is whats called in java.. ;)
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by:rmm2001
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One thing that you need to add too is to stop "1=1" / n=n requests in your query statement.
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by:Slim81
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Thanks for pointing me to the article you have written carrzkiss.   That information is going to help me greatly....
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by:Wayne Barron
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You are most welcome Slim.
I learned how to do the Parameterized queries the beginning of 2009
And would not change the way I code today for nothing in this world.

If you jump over and do any VB.NET programming, then it is changed up slightly
But not much, I am still learning it, but is not at the top of my priority list at the moment.

Take care and have a good one.
Carrzkiss
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