I am learning SQL injection on a vulnerable web app. I scanned it with w3af. It showed many vulnerabilities. One of them is:

SQL injection in a Microsoft SQL database was found at: "http://www.example.com/Login.aspx?CurrentPage=Login", using HTTP method POST. The sent post-data was: "...ctl00$cphMain$txtUserName=d'z"0...".

How do I exploit this? What is the URL which will actually exploit is and give me access? Can anybody help me in this?

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Usually when exploiting logins you want to inject something that prevents the password field from ever validating. This can usually be accomplished by putting syntax similar to the following as your password:

myphonypassword' OR 1=1;--

This will claim that you are the admin user, terminate the string in the actual query and make the query don't care if you wrote a legal password or not as the OR 1=1 makes the query always true.

There is many differnet variations you would have probably have to try to make this exploit work (especially if it is a blind SQL exploit). You can see many more examples in this SQL Injection cheat sheet specially for login bypassing.

In your specific example you probably have to edit the field called txtPassWord, however it is unclear by the little details you have provided.

Edit: since this is a post only parameter you cannot attack via URL only. You can intercept the request with a proxy and modifiy the post parameters that way or craft a new request with Curl like in the other answers suggestion


You need to make a POST to the URL http://www.example.com/Login.aspx?CurrentPage=Login. The exploit is in the data submitted in the body of the POST, something like ...ctl00$cphMain$txtUserName=d'z"0... -- and the ' makes it look like txtUserName is the field you want to attack. The standard way to separate fields is with a & character, but the fragment that you posted makes it look like $ is being used as a separator.

If you use curl from the command line, you could run a command like (note the \ escape of the embedded ' to avoid having the shell eat it):

curl -d 'ctl00$cphMain$txtUserName=d\'z"0' http://www.example.com/Login.aspx?CurrentPage=Login

You will need to adjust the value for txtUserName to fit the particular application you're attacking.


Generally with a login page the first thing you want to do is trace the header out to find the actual login form fields, i.e the post form variables. Then you want see if you can send data to the server using GET rather than POST. So for example if a form as 4 variables, $username, $password and $x then you set the request to:


to see if you get the wrong user/password response from the server. If so then it is much easier to find an injection vector using GET than it is using the POST method.

If that is allowed, then you could start trying to trigger database responses like

/Login.aspx?CurrentPage=Login&username=name'[enter your SQL statement here]&password=pass&x=1

If the POST method is the only method allowed then you will not be able to use the 'URL' to submit the data, but rather following on from what bstpierre stated, you will need to make up a form submitter using one of the browser addons like Live HTTP Headers for Firefox or rebuild the form on your own server to submit to the site you are testing.

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