SQL Injection Prevention Fail


Well, at least they know that SQL Injection is an issue….

I just hope for the sake of the customers who bank at Sacramento Credit Union that the programmers responsible for this web site aren’t relying on blacklisting certain strings and/or characters as the sole means of protecting their system from SQL Injection attacks, but I’m not optimistic.

Regardless, this is also a classic example of taking a programming problem and dumping it in the user’s lap. If I’m a user of this site I would definitely be thinking, “Thanks for the lesson in cyber security, propeller head. Now can I just get on to finding out my checking account balance? I don’t really have time to do your job for you today.”

SQLInjection Fail

Here is the highlighted text, in case it is  difficult to read in the image:

Why are the Security Questions used?
The first time you login and enroll in Protection Plus, you will be asked to enter five Security Questions and corresponding answers. The Security Questions are used if you do not want to register the computer you are currently using. With the Security Questions, we can make sure it is you logging in when you use different computers, such as, a internet bar computer.

The answers to your Security Questions are case sensitive and cannot contain special characters like an apostrophe, or the words “insert,” “delete,” “drop,” “update,” “null,” or “select.”

Why can’t I use certain words like “drop” as part of my Security Question answers?

There are certain words used by hackers to try to gain access to systems and manipulate data; therefore, the following words are restricted: “select,” “delete,” “update,” “insert,” “drop” and “null”.

Computer Alcoholism

Ignore for a moment the sins of grammar and the promotion of “Security Questions” to a proper noun with all initial caps due thereto. What in the wide world of sports is a “bar computer?”

Are they referring to those video poker machines at bars? Are they implying it is not safe to use those machines to do my banking?

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One Response

  1. I think they mean a computer from an internet cafe

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