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Trying to strip out the escape characters

Posted on 2011-09-09
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Hi there;

I am trying to strip out all escape characters and any trick possible to get rid of sql injection in a mail address. So the code that i am using is as follows:


<?php session_start(); ?>
 
<?php
 
 
 
 
$email = check_input($_POST['email'], "error message");
$country  = check_input($_POST['country'], "error message");
$name    = check_input($_POST['name']);
$age  = check_input($_POST['age']);
$education   = check_input($_POST['education']);
 
 
 
 
 
/*CHECK EMAIL FORMAT*/
if (!preg_match("/([\w\-]+\@[\w\-]+\.[\w\-]+)/",$email))
{
    die("E-mail address not valid");
}
 
/*THIS CODE CHECK IF AGE IS A NUMBER*/
if (preg_match("/\D/",$age))
{
    die("Please enter numbers only for Age");
}
 
 
function check_input($data, $problem='')
{
    $data = trim($data);
    $data = stripslashes($data);
    $data = htmlspecialchars($data);
    if ($problem && strlen($data) == 0)
    {
        die($problem);
    }
    return $data;
}

Is this sufficient or any other ways and code snippets to enhance this, maybe?

Kind regards.
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Question by:jazzIIIlove
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by:Rik-Legger
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If you are using MYSQL you can just use mysql_real_escape string for the data you put in the database.
http://php.net/manual/en/function.mysql-real-escape-string.php
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by:jazzIIIlove
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Just using mysql escape in case of which line?

Kind regards.
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by:Rik-Legger
ID: 36510114
In case of all lines actually,
you should use that when inserting something into mysql:

// Query
$query = sprintf("SELECT * FROM users WHERE user='%s' AND password='%s'",
            mysql_real_escape_string($user),
            mysql_real_escape_string($password));

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by:jazzIIIlove
ID: 36510172
Any other comment? Is yours " totally " safe
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by:Rik-Legger
ID: 36510185
Yes, this is totally safe :)
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by:jazzIIIlove
ID: 36510321
Moreover, within this approach, is it possible to have the mail in a correct way?

Kind regards.
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by:Rik-Legger
ID: 36510397
These are 2 separate things, you should always use the mysql_real_escape_string on mysql query's,
and for additional checking you can use your approaches first.
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Ray Paseur earned 1000 total points
ID: 36516424
Here is how to validate an email address.  You still want to use mysql_real_escape_string() on all inputs to the query.

One little sidebar note.  If you keep the client age, your data model will become wrong in a year (or less).  You might want to store the date of birth instead.  

Best regards, ~Ray
<?php // RAY_email_validation.php
error_reporting(E_ALL);



// A FUNCTION TO TEST FOR A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS, RETURN TRUE OR FALSE



// SEE MAN PAGE: http://php.net/manual/en/intro.filter.php
function check_valid_email($email)
{
    // IF PHP 5.2 OR ABOVE, WE CAN USE THE FILTER
    if (strnatcmp(phpversion(),'5.2') >= 0)
    {
        if(filter_var($email, FILTER_VALIDATE_EMAIL) === FALSE) return FALSE;
    }

    // IF LOWER-LEVEL PHP, WE CAN CONSTRUCT A REGULAR EXPRESSION
    else
    {
        $regex
        = '/'                        // START REGEX DELIMITER
        . '^'                        // START STRING
        . '[A-Z0-9_-]'               // AN EMAIL - SOME CHARACTER(S)
        . '[A-Z0-9._-]*'             // AN EMAIL - SOME CHARACTER(S) PERMITS DOT
        . '@'                        // A SINGLE AT-SIGN
        . '([A-Z0-9][A-Z0-9-]*\.)+'  // A DOMAIN NAME PERMITS DOT, ENDS DOT
        . '[A-Z\.]'                  // A TOP-LEVEL DOMAIN PERMITS DOT
        . '{2,6}'                    // TLD LENGTH >= 2 AND =< 6
        . '$'                        // ENDOF STRING
        . '/'                        // ENDOF REGEX DELIMITER
        . 'i'                        // CASE INSENSITIVE
        ;
        // TEST THE STRING FORMAT
        if (!preg_match($regex, $email)) return FALSE;
    }

    // FILTER_VAR OR PREG_MATCH DOES NOT TEST IF THE DOMAIN IS ROUTABLE
    $domain = explode('@', $email);

    // MAN PAGE: http://php.net/manual/en/function.checkdnsrr.php
    if ( checkdnsrr($domain[1],"MX") || checkdnsrr($domain[1],"A") ) return TRUE;

    // EMAIL IS NOT ROUTABLE
    return FALSE;
}



// DEMONSTRATE THE FUNCTION IN ACTION
$e = NULL;
if (!empty($_GET["e"]))
{
    $e = $_GET["e"];
    if (check_valid_email($e))
    {
        echo "<br/>VALID: $e \n";
    }
    else
    {
        echo "<br/>BOGUS: $e \n";
    }
}


// END OF PROCESSING - CREATE THE FORM USING HEREDOC NOTATION
$form = <<<ENDFORM
<form>
TEST A STRING FOR A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS:
<input name="e" value="$e" />
<input type="submit" />
</form>
ENDFORM;

echo $form;

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