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100k websites with SQL injection for years - no hacks

 4:15 am on Dec 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

Putting this in Foo because it does not seem to fit in anywhere else.

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TL;DR version: A fairly large vendor leaves SQL injection vulnerabilities in about 100,000 websites. A security researcher notices, and alerts the vendor and a few of the largest affected sites. The vendor gets upset that the sites were notified. Researcher then finds out vulnerability was made public in 2010.

There have been no hacks of these websites.

So neither the vendor not their clients care about security, leave a vulnerability open for years and NOTHING HAPPENS.



 11:55 pm on Dec 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

One of our data centers was contacted and sent a vulnerabilty test report on a client site. The data center took our server offline without contacting us... probably because they had not updated their contact details since we restructured. In fact our mail server became theirs when we migrated internet customers to their service so why didn't they have the new contact info on record.

Well they misread the report completely which was actually from tests using a vulnerability scanner and the sender's intention was to disrupt services provided to an online college in Malaysia.

It was nothing more than a report and if anyone has ever used such vulnerability software then they will know that no site passes those tests. Also, no sites on that server have ever been exploited.

Luckily we noticed the server offline and followed it up. But suffering references to our owned server as a "spammy service" by staff who cannot read properly or don't know the differenece between spam and SQL injection tests left us wanting to find an alternative data center.

So when one refers to "SQL injection vulnerabilities" and in the same breadth that "there have been no hacks of these websites"... just what is the fuss?


 2:02 pm on Dec 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

This is rather different - the vulnerabilities did exist, and were easy to exploit.

Also, the data centre seems negligent in taking a server offline. All that happened in this case was that the site owners and the vendor were warned.

What puzzles me is why a vulnerability like this was not exploited.


 3:51 pm on Dec 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

How do you know they have not been exploited?

Just because no script kiddie has posted screen shots does not mean the site's data and code has not been taken.

East and West governments, spammers, identity theives, advertisers could have all be exploiting those sites and taking data.

A thief noticing an unlocked door, and an unlocked till with no security features will return again and again to take money from the till. He will not boast about it.

[edited by: Frank_Rizzo at 3:51 pm (utc) on Dec 5, 2013]


 3:51 pm on Dec 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

They may have been. Hackers are getting very sneaking in the way they try to infect a user now.
I was asked to look at a website to see why is had tanked.

It is an identify theft protection service.

Looking through the site all of a sudden I am alerted to a Trojan download. It seems the attacker has the download set to not download until a number of pages have been viewed, probably has the Google Bot blocked from the exploit and the owners IP as well blocked.

Now I have to run an scan to make sure noting got through, and reframe from any passwords etc until it is done.


 1:55 pm on Dec 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

Good point - but I suspect a lot of site owners do not care if they cannot see the effects.

At any rate, no site owner seems have had a problem that bothered them - and over a 100,000 sites were left vulnerable for years.


 6:15 pm on Dec 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

What puzzles me is why a vulnerability like this was not exploited.

Over 60 plus years of life I have left doors unlocked without being burgled on a few occasions. Vulnerabilities are not always exploited.


 6:47 am on Dec 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

Yes, but you did not leave the doors to 100,000 houses unlocked for several years, and publicise the fact!

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