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Sql injection tutorial - Part 5

In this video we will learn about sql injection attack and what can cause it to happen

Suggested Video
Part 1 - What is ADO.NET
Part 2 - SQL Connection in ADO.NET
Part 3 - Storing and Retrieving connection string from web.config

In Part 4 of ADO.NET video series, we discussed about the SqlCommand object. In this session we will continue with another example of using SqlCommand object. We will be using tblProductInventory table for our example. 

If you want to following along, use the following sql script to create the table.
Create table tblProductInventory
Id int primary key,
ProductName nvarchar(50),
QuantityAvailable int

Insert script to populate the table with sample data.
Insert into tblProductInventory values(101,'iPhone',101)
Insert into tblProductInventory values(102,'Apple Laptops',100)
Insert into tblProductInventory values(103,'Books',120)
Insert into tblProductInventory values(104,'Acer Laptops',119)
Insert into tblProductInventory values(105,'iPads',134)

Drag and drop a TextBox, Button and a GridView control onto the webform. Change the ID of the TextBox to ProductNameTextBox and GridView to ProductsGridView. Change the ID of the Button to GetProductsButton and the Text to "Get Products". At this point the HTML of the webform should be as shown below.
<asp:TextBox ID="ProductNameTextBox" runat="server"></asp:TextBox>
<asp:Button ID="GetProductsButton" runat="server" Text="Get Products" />
<br /><br />
<asp:GridView ID="ProductsGridView" runat="server">

Now double click the Button control to generate the Click event handler in the code behind file, and then copy and paste the following code. In this example, we are building the query dynamically by concatenating the strings that the user has typed into the textbox. This is extremely dangerous, as it is vulnerable to SQL injection attacks.
protected void GetProductsButton_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    string ConnectionString = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["DatabaseConnectionString"].ConnectionString;
    using (SqlConnection connection = new SqlConnection("DatabaseConnectionString"))
        //Build the query dynamically, by concatenating the text, that the user has
        //typed into the ProductNameTextBox. This is a bad way of constructing

        //queries. This line of code will open doors for sql injection attack
        SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("Select * from tblProductInventory where ProductName like '" + ProductNameTextBox.Text + "%'", connection);
        ProductsGridView.DataSource = cmd.ExecuteReader();

Now, run the project. Enter letter "i" into the textbox and click Get Products button. The iPhone and ipad products will be listed in the gridview as expected. But remember, user can type some dangerous sql queries into the textbox, which in turn will be executed by the application on the database. To give you a flavour of that, just imagine what could happen if the user types the following into the TextBox, and clicks Get Products button.
i'; Delete from tblProductInventory --

Now execute the following select query on the database
Select * from tblProductInventory

The entire data from tblProductInventory table is deleted. This is called SQL injection attack. I have seen a lot of new developers building queries dynamically by concatenating the strings, that end users enter into user interface controls like textboxes. Just imagine the extent of damage that can happen as a result of sql injection.

However, sql injection can be easily avoided, by using parameterized queries or stored procedures. We will talk about these in our next video session.


  1. hi sir....
    you said first we will not get total table, in the browser (which is available in database...)
    but i am getting first total table in the browser after that i am getting what i am searching..
    here is my code

    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection("server=(local); database=sai; integrated security= true");
    String s = "select * from Employee where EmpName like '" + TextBox1.Text + "%'";
    SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(s, con);
    GridView1.DataSource = cmd.ExecuteReader();

    1. your are in page load methode so in the first the textbox1.text is empty you will see all the enregistrement of your table

  2. Hi Sir i hope u are doing great, i just wanna support from your side,
    please upload some video on WITH(NOLOCK),UPDLOCK and so on i hope u will record, i am waiting for those.


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