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PHP MySQLI Prevent SQL Injection [duplicate]

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Any query can be injected whether it’s read or write, persistent or transient. Injections can be performed by ending one query and running a separate one (possible with mysqli), which renders the intended query irrelevant.

Any input to a query from an external source whether it is from users or even internal should be considered an argument to the query, and a parameter in the context of the query. Any parameter in a query needs to be parameterized. This leads to a properly parameterized query that you can create a prepared statement from and execute with arguments. For example:

SELECT col1 FROM t1 WHERE col2 = ?

? is a placeholder for a parameter. Using mysqli, you can create a prepared statement using prepare, bind a variable (argument) to a parameter using bind_param, and run the query with execute. You don’t have to sanitize the argument at all (in fact it’s detrimental to do so). mysqli does that for you. The full process would be:

$stmt = mysqli->prepare("SELECT col1 FROM t1 WHERE col2 = ?");
$stmt->bind_param("s", $col2_arg);
$stmt->execute();

There is also an important distinction between parameterized query and prepared statement. This statement, while prepared, is not parameterized and is thus vulnerable to injection:

$stmt = mysqli->prepare("INSERT INTO t1 VALUES ($_POST[user_input])");

To summarize:

  • All Queries should be properly parameterized (unless they have no parameters)
  • All arguments to a query should be treated as hostile as possible no matter their source
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It will be closed in seconds, but just to make things straight

I understand how to use mysqli_real_escape_string

I am afraid you are not.

if I have to use that on all variables that I’m getting for my SQL statement

definitely not.
this function have to be used to format SQL strings only

do I have to use it when I’m doing select statements also or just on insert update and delete?

ANY SQL statement. But again, not “using mysqli_real_escape_string” but formatting your literals completely and properly

Also what other security would you recommend

regarding SQL security – you have to properly format not only strings but literals of any kind. And each require distinct set of formatting rules