SQLi Alert: CISA and FBI Urge a Code Review Crackdown to Seal Security Gaps

Dodge the cyber shiv! CISA and FBI warn SQL Injection still plagues software. Push for a code review like your data depends on it—because it does! #SQLInjectionSneakAttack

Hot Take:

SQL Injection is like that one guest at a party who just can’t take a hint—it’s been around forever, and yet, despite everyone talking about how unwelcome it is, it still manages to sneak in and steal the data buffet. Now, CISA and the FBI are playing the role of the exasperated hosts, issuing a not-so-subtle nudge to software developers to check their guest lists twice for this party crasher. It’s 2023, folks—let’s not invite SQLi to the cyber soiree anymore, okay?

Key Points:

  • SQL Injection (SQLi) vulnerabilities are still partying like it’s 1999 in commercial software products, according to a new report by CISA and the FBI.
  • Commercial software builders are urged to throw on their code-reviewing party hats to spot and fix SQLi vulnerabilities.
  • The report suggests the use of parameterized queries with prepared statements to keep SQLi from crashing the data party.
  • SQLi was the third most dangerous software vulnerability from 2021 to 2022, so it’s not just an awkward guest—it’s downright hazardous.
  • The Secure by Design Alert was sparked by the Cl0p campaign’s antics, which used SQLi to wreak havoc on thousands of organizations.

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The Uninvited Plus-One

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, the old shark of cyber threats, SQL Injection, has reared its ugly head again. This time, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are shining a spotlight on the issue. They're not just wagging their fingers; they're practically begging software builders to do a full Marie Kondo on their code to see if it sparks SQLi joy. Spoiler alert: it doesn't.

Party Foul Prevention

To stop SQLi from gatecrashing, authorities are recommending the cybersecurity equivalent of a bouncer: parameterized queries with prepared statements. It's a fancy way of saying, "Keep your user inputs and database queries in separate corners." Think of it as not letting your rowdy college buddy mix with your refined wine-tasting guests.

The Infamous Guest List

The notoriety of SQLi isn't just cocktail party gossip; it's backed by hard stats. MITRE, which is kind of like the Billboard charts for software vulnerabilities, had SQLi hitting the number three spot on its most dangerous hits list. That means SQLi is still dropping the hottest (and most hazardous) tracks in the cybersecurity scene.

RSVP: No SQLi Allowed

Let's not forget the Cl0p campaign—the equivalent of a legendary rager that got out of hand. It started with a SQLi vulnerability and ended with thousands of organizations waking up to the equivalent of a trashed house and a stolen TV. CISA and the FBI's Secure by Design Alert is essentially the morning-after reflection, urging everyone to do better and not let SQLi throw another banger.

Final Call: No More SQLi

It's clear that when it comes to cybersecurity, SQL Injection is the guest that no one wants but somehow always gets an invite. It's time for software developers to start being a bit more selective with their guest lists and to put in the work to make sure this persistent pest doesn't ruin another event. And remember, folks, the best way to avoid a nasty hangover is prevention—so let's sober up and kick SQLi to the curb.

Tags: Cl0p Campaign, MITRE, Parameterized Queries, Secure by Design Alert, software security, SQL Injection, vulnerability mitigation