A hybrid framework for detecting structured query language injection attacks in web-based applications

Md. Hasan Furhad, Ripon K. Chakrabortty, Michael J. Ryan, Jia Uddin, Iqbal H. Sarker


Almost every web-based application is managed and operated through a number of websites, each of which is vulnerable to cyber-attacks that are mounted across the same networks used by the applications, with much less risk to the attacker than physical attacks. Such web-based attacks make use of a range of modern techniques-such as structured query language injection (SQLi), cross-site scripting, and data tampering-to achieve their aims. Among them, SQLi is the most popular and vulnerable attack, which can be performed in one of two ways; either by an outsider of an organization (known as the outside attacker) or by an insider with a good knowledge of the system with proper administrative rights (known as the inside attacker). An inside attacker, in contrast to an outsider, can take down the system easily and pose a significant challenge to any organization, and therefore needs to be identified in advance to mitigate the possible consequences. Blockchain-based technique is an efficient approach to detect and mitigate SQLi attacks and is widely used these days. Thus, in this study, a hybrid method is proposed that combines a SQL query matching technique (SQLMT) and a standard blockchain framework to detect SQLi attacks created by insiders. The results obtained by the proposed hybrid method through computational experiments are further validated using standard web validation tools.


cyber attacks; SQL injection: blockchain; SQL query matching; vulnerability detection; web-based framework;

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DOI: http://doi.org/10.11591/ijece.v12i5.pp5405-5414

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International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE)
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