SQL Injection: It’s Prevalence and Dominance over other vulnerabilities

SQL injections have been ubiquitous for decades now, due to its extensible nature. Unlike some other vulnerabilities that are found and patched with a good defense mechanism, SQL Injections continue to persist to scourge web development to a large extent. They are the attacker’s favorites due to their easy implementation and the potential of being one of the most dangerous attacks.

OWASP defines a SQL injection attack as the insertion or “injection” of a SQL query via the input data from the client to the application. Injections as a whole have been at the top of OWASP's top 10 list of vulnerabilities since 2013. Injections are more inclusive and cover other arenas like networking hardware, application code, and much more. There must have been some solid reasons for its evident dominance on other vulnerabilities for over 8 years now. Let's deep dig into those!

Dependence on traditional SQL databases

Outdated code and unpatched applications

Blind trust on the user’s inputs

Ignorance and low capital investment in the security infrastructure


Hence this article justifies the dominance of SQL injections over the other vulnerabilities.