Database InputIssuesWriting Secure Code
Agenda• Introduction• Sql Injection  • Issue  • Remedies• Inference Problem  • Issue  • Remedies• Sql Stored procedures• D...
Introduction• Many applications, like web based applications and xml based web services  store persistent data in database...
Web Application Vulnerabilities          Source                   void ProcessRequest()                   {  Sanitizer    ...
Sql Injection • Many applications include code that looks something like   the following.String sql = “select * from clien...
Imagine that the database table schema looks like this                                              C us tome r *         ...
SQL Injection• Some database servers allow a client application to perform  more than one SQL statement at once.• select *...
Can you spot security flaws?string Status = “No";string sqlstring = “";                            Connecting as a super a...
Pseudoremedy:Quoting the Inputint age = ...; // age from userstring name = ...; // name from username = name.Replace(“‘","...
Pseduremedy #2: Use StoredProcedures • A stored procedure is a procedure (like a subprogram in a regular   computing langu...
Remedy 1: Never Ever Connect assysadmin•   Delete (drop) any database or table in the system•   Delete any data in any tab...
Remedy #2: Building SQL Statements Securely                                   Function IsValidUserAndPwd(strName, strPwd) ...
Building SQL Stored ProceduresSecurely  • Use quotename function             select top 3 name from mytable would         ...
Inference Problem ‐ 1• The inference problem is a way to infer or derive  sensitive data from non‐sensitive data.• Sum: An...
Inference problem 2• Count: count + sum  average; average + count  sum  • This report reveals that two males in Holmes a...
Inference Problem 3
Remedies: Statistical InferenceControls Attacks• Controls are applied to queries  • Difficult to determine if query disclo...
Remedies: Limited ResponseSuppression• The n‐item k‐percent rule eliminates certain low‐frequency  elements from being dis...
Other Suppression andConcealing• Combine rows or columns to protect sensitive values• Take a random sample (sample must be...
Defense in Depth Example//// SafeQuery//                                                              //Add shipping ID pa...
Defense in Depth Example• Blank passwords are never allowed when connecting to the database.• Read only one specific key f...
Conclusion• Do not trust the user’s input!• Be strict about what represents valid input and reject  everything else. Regul...
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  1. 1. Database InputIssuesWriting Secure Code
  2. 2. Agenda• Introduction• Sql Injection • Issue • Remedies• Inference Problem • Issue • Remedies• Sql Stored procedures• Defense in Depth Example• Conclusion
  3. 3. Introduction• Many applications, like web based applications and xml based web services store persistent data in databases.• Trusting that the user has given well-formed input data to your application, when infact the user has not• Misplaced trust• Database input vulnerabilities (aka sql injection)
  4. 4. Web Application Vulnerabilities Source void ProcessRequest() { Sanitizer string s = GetUserInput("name"); … s = Validate(s); … … ExecuteQuery(“select …" + s + “…”); } Sink Critical Database
  5. 5. Sql Injection • Many applications include code that looks something like the following.String sql = “select * from client where name = ‘”+name+”’”The variable name is provided by the userWhat if an attacker enters this: Blake’ or 1=1 – • select * from client where name = ’Blake’ or 1=1 – • The comment operator “--” is supported by many relational database servers, including Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and MySql.
  6. 6. Imagine that the database table schema looks like this C us tome r * C ustome rID La stNa me F irstNa me Middle Initia l C us tome r C r e ditC ar d * C ustome rID A ddre ss C re ditC a rdID A pa rtme nt C ity Sta te Posta lC ode C ountry C r e ditC ar d * C re ditC a rdID Ty pe Numbe r Ex pire sWhen the attacker is happy that the SQL statement or statements are complete heplaces a comment operator at the end to comment out any characters added by theprogrammer.
  7. 7. SQL Injection• Some database servers allow a client application to perform more than one SQL statement at once.• select * from table1 select * from table2• SQL engines include support for data manipulation constructs, such as the ability to create, delete (called drop), an attacker could enter: • Blake’ drop table client --
  8. 8. Can you spot security flaws?string Status = “No";string sqlstring = “"; Connecting as a super admin.try {SqlConnection sql= new SqlConnection( @"data source=localhost;” + Sa is to SQL Server what SYSTEM is to “user id=sa;password=password;”); Windows NT and later. sql.Open();sqlstring="SELECT HasShipped” + “ FROM detail WHERE ID=‘“ + Id + “‘"; What if the connection fails to theSqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(sqlstring,sql); database due to some network issue.if ((int)cmd.ExecuteScalar() != 0) Status = “Yes"; A complete description of how the} catch (SqlException se) { failure occurred is given to the attacker. Status = sqlstring + “ failednr"; foreach (SqlError e in se.Errors) { Status += e.Message + “nr";}} catch (Exception e) { Status = e.ToString();}
  9. 9. Pseudoremedy:Quoting the Inputint age = ...; // age from userstring name = ...; // name from username = name.Replace(“‘","‘‘“);SqlConnection sql= new SqlConnection(...);sql.Open();sqlstring=@"SELECT *” + “ FROM client WHERE name= ’” + name + “‘ or age=“ + age;SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(sqlstring,sql);Replacing single quotes with two single quotes. Statement becomes invalid SQL Statement. • select * FROM client WHERE ID = ’Michael’’ or 1=1 -- ’ or age=35However, this does not deter our wily attacker; instead, he uses the agefield, which is not quoted, to attack the server. For example, age could be 35;shutdown --.declare @a char(20) select @a=0x73687574646f776e exec(@a)This construct, when added to another SQL query, calls the shutdown command. The hexadecimal sequence isthe ASCII hex equivalent of the word shutdown.
  10. 10. Pseduremedy #2: Use StoredProcedures • A stored procedure is a procedure (like a subprogram in a regular computing language) that is stored in the database • Stored procedure: sp_GetName: string name = ...; // name from user SqlConnection sql= new SqlConnection(...); sql.Open(); sqlstring=@"exec sp_GetName ’” + name + “‘"; SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(sqlstring,sql); • exec sp_GetName ’Blake’ or 1=1 -- ’ will failHowever performing data manipulation is perfectly valid. • exec sp_GetName ’Blake’ insert into client values(1005, ’Mike’) -- ’Another Scariest example CREATE PROCEDURE sp_MySProc @input varchar(128) AS exec(@input)
  11. 11. Remedy 1: Never Ever Connect assysadmin• Delete (drop) any database or table in the system• Delete any data in any table in the system• Change any data in any table in the system• Change any stored procedure, trigger, or rule• Delete logs• Add new database users to the system• Call any administrative stored procedure or extended stored procedure.• Support authenticated connections by using native operating system authentication and authorization by setting Trusted_connection = true• create a specific database account that has just the correct privileges to read, write, and update the appropriate data in the database,and you should use that to connect to the database.• SQL Server includes extended stored procedures such as xp_cmdshell through which an attacker can invoke shell commands.• Oracle databases include utl_file, which allows an attacker to read from and write to the file system
  12. 12. Remedy #2: Building SQL Statements Securely Function IsValidUserAndPwd(strName, strPwd) ’ Note I am using a trusted connection to SQL Server.• Use parameterized commands. ’ Never use uid=sa;pwd= strConn = “Provider=sqloledb;” + _ • SELECT count(*) FROM client “Server=server-sql;” + _ “database=client;” + _ WHERE name=? AND pwd=? “trusted_connection=yes" Set cn = CreateObject(“ADODB.Connection”) cn.Open strConn Set cmd = CreateObject(“ADODB.Command”) cmd.ActiveConnection = cn cmd.CommandText = _ “select count(*) from client where name=? and pwd=?" cmd.CommandType = 1 ’ 1 means adCmdText cmd.Prepared = true ’ Explanation of numeric parameters: ’ data type is 200, varchar string; ’ direction is 1, input parameter only; ’ size of data is 32 chars max. Set parm1 = cmd.CreateParameter(“name", 200, 1, 32, ““) cmd.Parameters.Append parm1 parm1.Value = strName Set parm2 = cmd.CreateParameter(“pwd", 200, 1, 32, ““) cmd.Parameters.Append parm2 parm2.Value = strPwd Set rs = cmd.Execute IsValidUserAndPwd = false If rs(0).value = 1 Then IsValidUserAndPwd = true rs.Close cn.Close End Function
  13. 13. Building SQL Stored ProceduresSecurely • Use quotename function select top 3 name from mytable would become select top 3 [name] from [mytable]if you quote name and mytable . declare @a varchar(20) set @a=0x74735D27 select @a set @a=quotename(@a) select @a set @a=‘ts]’’’ select @a set @a=quotename(@a) select @aUse sp_executesql to execute sql statements build dynamically. -- Test the code with these variables declare @name varchar(64) set @name = N’White’ -- Do the work exec sp_executesql N’select au_id from pubs.dbo.authors where au_lname=@lname’, N’@lname varchar(64)’, @lname = @name
  14. 14. Inference Problem ‐ 1• The inference problem is a way to infer or derive sensitive data from non‐sensitive data.• Sum: An attack by sum tries to infer a value from reported sum. Often helps us determine a negative result. • This report reveals that no female living in Grey is receiving financial aid
  15. 15. Inference problem 2• Count: count + sum  average; average + count  sum • This report reveals that two males in Holmes and West are receiving financial aid in the amount of $5000 and $4000, respectively. • Holmes  Adams • West  Grof
  16. 16. Inference Problem 3
  17. 17. Remedies: Statistical InferenceControls Attacks• Controls are applied to queries • Difficult to determine if query discloses sensitive data• Controls are applied to individual items within the database (security vs. precision) • Suppression: sensitive data values are not provided; query is rejected without response • Many results suppressed; precision high • Concealing: answer provided is close to by not exactly the actual value • More results provided; precision low
  18. 18. Remedies: Limited ResponseSuppression• The n‐item k‐percent rule eliminates certain low‐frequency elements from being displayed • When one cell is suppressed in a table with totals for rows and columns, must suppress at least one additional cell on the row and one on the column to provide some confusion.
  19. 19. Other Suppression andConcealing• Combine rows or columns to protect sensitive values• Take a random sample (sample must be large enough to be valid) • Same sample set would be repeated for equivalent queries• Query analysis • Query and its implications are analyzed • Can be difficult • Maintain query history for each user• … no perfect solution to inference problem• … recognizing the problem leads to being defensive
  20. 20. Defense in Depth Example//// SafeQuery// //Add shipping ID parameter.Using System; string str="sp_GetName";Using System.Data; cmd = new SqlCommand(str,sqlConn);Using System.Data.SqlTypes; cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;Using System.Data.SqlClient; cmd.Parameters.Add(“@ID",Convert.ToInt64(Id));Using System.Security.Principal;Using System.Security.Permissions; cmd.Connection.Open();Using System.Text.RegularExpressions; Status = cmd.ExecuteScalar().ToString();Using System.Threading;Using System.Web; } catch (Exception e) {Using Microsoft.Win32; if (HttpContext.Current.Request.UserHostAddress == “127.0.0.1”)... Status = e.ToString(); else[SqlClientPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.PermitOnly, Status = “Error Processing Request";AllowBlankPassword=false)] } finally {[RegistryPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.PermitOnly, //Shut down connection--even on failure.Read=@"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClient”)] if (cmd != null)static string GetName(string Id) cmd.Connection.Close();{ } return Status;SqlCommand cmd = null; }string Status = “Name Unknown"; //Get connection string.(continued) internal static string ConnectionString { get {try { return (string)Registry//Check for valid shipping ID. .LocalMachineRegex r = new Regex(@"^d{4,10}$”); .OpenSubKey(@"SOFTWAREClient”)if (!r.Match(Id).Success) .GetValue(“ConnectionString”);throw new Exception(“Invalid ID”); } }//Get connection string from registry.SqlConnection sqlConn= new SqlConnection(ConnectionString);
  21. 21. Defense in Depth Example• Blank passwords are never allowed when connecting to the database.• Read only one specific key from the registry; it cannot be made to perform other registry operations.• The code is hard-core about valid input: 4–10 digits only. Anything else is bad.• The database connection string is in the registry, not in the code and not in the Web service file space, such as a configuration file.• The code uses a stored procedure, mainly to hide the application logic in case the code is compromised.• connection is not using sa. Rather, it’s using a least-privilege account that has query and execute permissions in the appropriate tables.• use parameters, not string concatenation, to build the query.• The code forces the input into a 64-bit integer.• On error, the attacker is told nothing, other than that a failure occurred.• The connection to the database is always shut down regardless of whether the code fails.
  22. 22. Conclusion• Do not trust the user’s input!• Be strict about what represents valid input and reject everything else. Regular expressions are your friend.• Use parameterized queries—not string concatenation—to build queries.• Do not divulge too much information to the attacker.• Connect to the database server by using a least-privilege account, not the sysadmin account.
  23. 23. Thank you Questions?

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