What methods are available for testing SQL injection vulnerabilities?
There are a number of ways of testing an application for vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection. The tests break down into three different methodologies:
If this SQL statement is interpreted by the database then it will take 30 seconds for the page to load.
If error reporting is enabled and this request is vulnerable to sql injection then the following error will be produced:
In this case supplying a Tautology, or a statement that is always true provides a predictable result. In this case the predictable result would be logging in the attacker with the first user in the database, which is commonly the administrator.
There are tools that automate the use of the methods above to detect SQL Injection in a web application. There are free and open source tools such as Wapiti and Skipfish that do this. Sitewatch provides a free service that is a lot better than these open source tools. I can say that because I am a developer for Sitewatch.
Its best to not test your site for SQL injection. Its best to just avoid the potential SQL injection. Never forming SQL queries by doing string processing yourself when there's user input. Use bound parameters in all queries (also sanitize all user data if it could be used in any harmful way and put sensible limits on queries). That is the query
Obviously, this is only if you are trying to make your own site safe. If you are trying to find flaws in other applications its another story, and potentially against the FAQ which states this site is not for black hats. But OWASP has a very good article on testing for SQL injection.