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Web Application Disassembly with Odbc Error Messages

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Web Application Disassembly with ODBC Error Messages
By
Juleanus Spetember
CTO Hellringer Enterprises

Introduction
This document describes how to subvert the security of a Microsoft Internet Information Web Server that feeds into a SQL database. The document assumes that the web application uses Active Server Pages technology with Active Data Objects (ADO), though the same techniques can be used with other technologies. The techniques discussed here can be used to disassemble the SQL database's structure, by-pass login pages, and retrieve and modify data. This does assume that attackers can run arbitrary SQL queries, which unfortunately is all too common due to a lack of understanding, or even a complete ignorance of this problem and subsequent coding techniques in an ASP page. For example - consider the following ASP code - from a login page:




There are several problems with this page but before getting to those examine how it works. The client enters a user ID and password, which are passed into an SQL query, which is then executed. If the user ID and password exist in the tblUsers the SQL server's response, known as a recordset, would be populated. If the user ID and/or password do not exist then the recordset would not be populated. The ASP code then checks to see if it has and redirects the user to loginsucceeded.asp and if the recordset has not been populated the user is redirected to loginfailed.asp.

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