In the class of injection attacks, SQL injection attack has come out highly prominent. The majority of websites are vulnerable to it. According to Akamai, in 2017, more than 50 % attacks were done on web using SQL injection. In this article, we would discuss how SQL injection is carried out and how we can prevent the same in PHP applications.
PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor), might be an old coding language but it still is crowned with the title of being the most popular one. The A-listed companies that use PHP as its language includes Magento, WordPress, Joomla, Laravel, Opencart, Drupal amongst the many others. But as it goes, popularity accompanies threats. And PHP is no exception. In fact, no coding language is protected against hacking but the recent trail of PHP based CMS(s) being attacked one after the other is a matter to be pondered upon. The best way you can have these attacks checked is by using a PHP Firewall.
PHP is the backbone of almost every popular CMS today. Thanks to its simplicity and license-free nature, PHP is the preferred choice for dynamic website development. However, due to poor coding standards, compromising PHP sites has become relatively easy. The internet is full of help threads where users complain about custom PHP website hacked or PHP website redirects hack. This has led to a lot of negative publicity for PHP itself which is nowhere to be blamed for this. Shredding the myths on PHP security, Anthony Ferrara, a PHP core contributor, and a renowned security expert commented that,