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Biffenbob

Using sqlite3 for python, one method secure, one not, why?

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# Never do this -- insecure!
symbol = 'RHAT'
c.execute("SELECT * FROM stocks WHERE symbol = '%s'" % symbol)

# Do this instead
t = ('RHAT',)
c.execute('SELECT * FROM stocks WHERE symbol=?', t)
print c.fetchone()

 

Taken from http://docs.python.org/2/library/sqlite3.html

 

My understanding is a SQL injection is when instead of supplying data or a variable you substitute a SQL command.  My question is why is the second option better then the first.  What makes the second option better then the first?

Edited by Biffenbob

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The 2nd option already knows the input is a parameter and there's no doubt it can't be part of the command in the statement, so SQL injection is not possible.

 

In the 1st option, you would have to properly escape the string, and there's the risk that you're not escaping it properly.

Edited by Matias Goldberg

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