A user with the ‘admin’ role could inject SQL codes and execute them to cause a denial-of-service condition that would eventually lead to the database being taken down. The vendor responded by quickly patching these issues and fixing the ‘admin’ role in the database. When considering the criticality of an application such as this, it is essential to maintain a constant vigil on all security issues. Consumers of your product may be using it in ways you never intended, leading to security issues you never knew existed.

The vendor in our example was able to patch the security flaw quickly after it was made public. This is an example of how a constant vigil on all vulnerabilities can prevent major security issues from occurring.
In order to maintain a constant vigilance, you should always stay up-to-date on the latest trends in software and hardware security. Maintaining an updated knowledge base will help you identify potential threats before they become serious problems.
A software development lifecycle is crucial for identifying and mitigating potential risks that are introduced into any application during its development phase. You must also have a system in place for testing your applications for many different types of issues, including security flaws like the one mentioned earlier.

Install and update the right software

To avoid unplanned downtime, it is important to invest in the correct software for your business. The application you are using may have a lot of security issues that need to be addressed quickly. Additionally, users may be using your product in ways you never intended, leading to unforeseen consequences. For example, if you create an application that allows consumers with bank accounts to take out loans from their account, this type of application could expose personal information and assets they store in their credit card or bank account. To keep your company up-to-date on all security issues, it’s important to use the right software.
Some companies neglect updating the right software because they are not able to afford the cost of the software’s updates. But by installing and updating your software correctly, you will reduce downtime and chances of having a security issue arise that could potentially cause financial damage for your company.

SQL Injection and the ‘Admin’ Role

SQL injection is a type of malicious attack in which an attacker injects malicious SQL code into an application's database queries. The injected code is then executed by the database server, which can lead to the disclosure, modification, or deletion of data or even to a full-system compromise.
The use of SQL injection attacks for data theft has been widespread since its discovery in 1995. It was considered one of the most dangerous web application vulnerabilities until it was supplanted by Cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.

Consequences of Insecure Configurations

If your web application has an insecure configuration with easy-to-guess credentials, the results can be devastating. A simple hack could lead to sensitive information being exposed and data loss. Insecure configurations like this create a setting for vulnerabilities that are hard to keep track of. It’s important to remember that not all bugs are created equal when it comes to security. To some extent, some bugs are benign and do not pose any harm. For example, if a bug only allows users to view their own profile and doesn't allow them to access other profiles on the site, it's not a major vulnerability. However, if your application is vulnerable to SQL injection attacks or cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks then it could present a high risk for data loss and compromise.

Finding security issues in production

If you’re an administrator of the database and on a constant vigil for security issues, you may be able to find certain security issues before they occur. This can be done by auditing your application and using tools like SQL Sentry or SQL Monitor to monitor your queries and logs as well as your databases’ performance.  You can also use tools like Burp Suite, Wireshark, and Sysmon, which are commonly used for intrusion detection and compliance testing.
Finding security issues in production will help you prevent them from occurring in the first place.


Published on: 08/26/2022 19:15:00 UTC
Last modified on: 09/01/2022 06:12:00 UTC