Even after two decades since SQL Injection was found, most website are still at risk.
Just two years back, Ponemon Institute published a survey stating that ‘SQL Injection’ vulnerability has been the cause for over 50% of the attacks.
Today, online businesses have little control on security with frequent updates and other priorities and that is where an online vulnerability tool can come in handy. We have created a list of most popular tools that can help you find out such issues before hackers.
If you are looking for a quick scan with online testing capabilities for finding the attack vectors, SQLMap’s tool is one of the better options. It offers complete support MySQL, IBM DB2, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, HSQLDB database management systems, Microsoft Access, Oracle, SQLite, Sybase, SAP MaxDB and Firebird.
You just have to enter the URL and provide ownership details to start scanning the website for common SQL issues. This tool tests for following attack techniques:
- Time-based blind
- Stacked queries
- UNION query-based
- Boolean-based blind
AppTrana is one of the best ‘free’ web application scanning tools with SQL vulnerability detection. This online tool offers companies biweekly scans to find issues like OWASP Top 10 and SANS 25 issues on the website. With an online portal for reports and scanning even behind password-protected pages, it is a great security tool.
- Scans up to 250 pages for free
- Biweekly scans
- Full support for HTML5, AJAX and JSON
- Complete coverage for OWASP Top 10, PCI DSS 6.5.x and SANS Top 25 Vulnerabilities Detection
- Vulnerability Revalidation checks
- Customer support even on free subscription
- Trusted by 1000+ businesses
3. Hacker Target
Hacker Target is not exactly a free tool but it can help you look for vulnerabilities online at a decent price. It is a popular startup tool used by companies that want quick, frequent reports on SQL Injection vectors that their developers can look at. The membership plan also includes scanning for other 27 vulnerabilities that might affect your website. The dashboard is easy to use and gives accurate results through email.
- Easy test for URLs
- Email reports
- Find poorly coded web applications and their problems
- Check effectiveness of WAF and IPS/IDS
- Open source platform
Coming to the more commercial SQL injection testing tools, Acunetix is one of the early developers of the product with millions of URLs tested over the last decade. It automatically tests the URLs for any injection-related issues and sends out detailed reports that are also valid for Legal and Regulatory Compliance. While the scanning and results are real-time, you will have to download this tool. Unfortunately, it is not a free product.
- Checks web applications for SQL Injection (SQLi), XSS (Cross-site Scripting) and similar OWASP vulnerabilities
- Also scans password protected areas to ensure deep security
5. Scan My Server
Scan My Server has also made it to one of our recent posts on Web Security Scanners for its comprehensive free services. With nothing to download or install, it tests the web applications for XSS, SQLi and other similar vulnerabilities online. You get detailed security reports with suggestions on how to get rid of security loopholes.
Please note that, Scan My Server is a free tool by parent company Beyond Security, which has a wide range of security products that you might want to check.
- Tests for XSS and SQL injection
- Malware check included
- No download or installation
Moreover, there is no free trial or freemium version of the product that you can test before making a purchase.
- Accurately identifies SQL vulnerabilities in web applications in pre-production or production environments
- Scans compiled binaries rather than source code
- Great tool for testing open source code chunks for SQLi issues
- Gradually supporting other development languages
7. SQL Inject Me
How about a browser addon that can test your pages in real-time? Security Compass has developed a Firefox tool called SQL Inject Me to help companies check all their forms with a click of a button. The test results provide birds eye view of what needs to be fixed first based on critical nature of the forms.
Please note that this tool does not compromise the security of an application or website and simply tests it. Unfortunately, there is no password hacking, port scanning, or packet sniffing available on the tool.
- Firefox extension to test for vulnerability
- One-click installation
- Great for form sanitization
WhiteHat Web Application Scanning is detailed and apt for large-sized companies that can afford to spend on web security. Their scanning tool crawls every vulnerability within the web pages and applications. With a myriad of security testing optios such as Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) and Static Application Security Testing (SAST), this tool ensures that no vulnerability is left unattended during the online checks.
- SaaS service
- Checks for OWASP Top 10, zero day and other vulnerabilities
- DAST and SAST availability
- Central data on more than 100,000,000 verified attack vectors
Finally, one of the most commercially popular tools, Qualys scanning offers check for SQL Injection online along with a wide range of other vulnerabilities in your application or website. This tool is used by companies like Microsoft due to deep tests with programmatic scanning of SOAP and REST API services, WAS tests IoT services and APIs.
Supported by Qualys’ WAF, this web application scanning offers Malware detection, which no other tool in this list will offer. Although you can test it for free, most small businesses will not be able to afford the costly services of this company.
- Detects OWASP Top 10 risks such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), cross-site request forgery (CSRF) and unvalidated redirection
- Programmatic scanning
- Helps prioritize mitigation
Do you also have some tools mind? Comment below or contact us for inclusion.