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SQL injection via the user agent HTTP header

Over at the CloudFlare blog John Graham-Cumming wrote an interesting article on SQL injection attacks via http request headers.

SQL injection is a perennial favorite of attackers and can happen anywhere input controlled by an attacker is processed by a web application. It’s easy to imagine how an attacker might manipulate a web form or a URI, but even HTTP request headers are vulnerable. Literally any input the web browser sends to a web application should be considered hostile.


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.