SQL Injection is a programmatic attack on websites

OWASP  has a great website discussing SQL injection:

The Open web application Security project is an effort to help the programming community in securing their websites

And I will copy a couple of lines from their SQL_Injection_prevention_Cheat_sheet becasue it is important:

  • Option #1: Use of Prepared Statements (Parameterized Queries)
  • Option #2: Use of Stored Procedures
  • Option #3: Escaping all User Supplied Input

 

A Sigma Scan(Σ ) can help uncover any potential SQL injection vulnerabilities

To truly make sure that your site does not have any vulnerabilities, it is a good idea to test and interdependently verify these

XSS = Cross Site Scripting – dangerous website vulnerability

XSS is something every website should be aware of – test for it, because the bad hackers do.

Netsparker  is a good site to explain some of the potential attacks.

The effect of XSS is to use the website to extract information, and even bypass the defenses of the server.

In some cases if the vulnerability is capable it will take control of he machine by creating a shell command line for the hacker.

Once the hacker has a command a shell line on the server, they can copy the password files, and then the hack goes to the next level of attack.

It goes on from there – until the hacker gets full control. Whatever you have is the hackers.

 

New Microsoft Word vulnerability

Technet link – specific wording:

The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted RTF file using an affected version of Microsoft Word, or previews or opens a specially crafted RTF email message in Microsoft Outlook while using Microsoft Word as the email viewer. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user.

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So if a malicious RTF(Rich Text Formatting file is opened inside Microsoft Word it will allow the attacker to run commands that normally cannot be run.

So it is possible we have yet to see the full effects on this vulnerability., as viruses and other attacks are being crafted(very likely).

The Microsoft ‘fix’ initially is to not allow RTF files to be opened.

Applying the Microsoft Fix it solution, “Disable opening RTF content in Microsoft Word,” prevents the exploitation of this issue through Microsoft Word. 

“This is not a fix, just a kludge” says TonyZ  – as people will open these files not knowing what will happen.