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Protect MySQL database from SQL injection attacks with GreenSQL Firewall

SQL injection attacks can allow hackers to execute arbitrary SQL commands on your database through your Web site. To avoid these attacks, every piece of data supplied by a user on a Web form, through HTTP Post or CGI parameters, or other means, must be validated to not contain information that is not expected, GreenSQL is a firewall for SQL. — it sits between your Web site and MySQL database and decides which SQL statements should and should not be executed. At least that’s the idea — in execution, I found some open doors.

GreenSQL is designed to be used as a proxy for a MySQL database. Instead of connecting directly to your MySQL database, you Web site connects to GreenSQL. GreenSQL forwards legitimate SQL to the MySQL database and returns the results. If GreenSQL detects SQL that is not whitelisted and that includes nasty or suspicious SQL, it will block that SQL and return the empty result set without contacting the MySQL database. For an idea of the SQL injection attacks that GreenSQL blocks, see the online demo page.

GreenSQL is not in the distribution repositories for Fedora, openSUSE, or Ubuntu. It is available as a 1-Click install for opneSUSE 10.3, and for Fedora 8. The GreenSQL download page includes packages for Fedora 7, openSUSE 10.2, FreeBSD, and Ubuntu Feisty Fawn and older. In this article I’ll install from source on a 64-bit Fedora 9 machine using version 0.8.4 of greensql-fw.

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