ZF2013-03: Potential SQL injection due to execution of platform-specific SQL containing interpolations
Zend\Db component in Zend Framework 2 provides platform
abstraction, which is used in particular for SQL abstraction. Two methods
defined in the platform interface,
quoteValueList(), allow users to manually quote values for
creating SQL statements; these are in turn consumed by aspects of the
SQL abstraction platform, including
getSqlString() method provided in a number of
classes in the
While these methods are primarily intended for debugging and logging purposes,
developers can use them to produce SQL that is then passed to the driver to
execute. Due to a flaw in how the
quoteValueList() methods were written, this can lead to potential
The offending code is located in any of the
objects, particularly the
quoteValueList() methods. These
methods did not take into account most of the possible escapable characters
that would need to be escaped when attempting to create a quoted value for
interpolation into a SQL string. Moreover, these methods did value quoting
without extension level coordination which, when available, takes
character-sets into account when quoting.
We have made the following changes to the Platform objects:
- Platform objects now accept the Driver as an optional parameter. This
quoteValue()to use the driver level quoting/escaping mechanism to provide an "as safe as possible" value.
- If a driver level quoting/escaping function is not available, the
Platform object will throw an
- A new API was introduced for the use cases that need quoting without
the possibility of a warning being triggered:
You are only affected by this as an issue if you directly consume one of the following API's in your code, and execute the results with your database adapter:
Zend\Db and other components that utilize
Zend\Db never directly rely on interpolation of values into SQL
strings. This means that unless you find any of the above calls in your code,
or any code that effectively calls
quoteValue(), this issue does
not affect you.
If you do, however, we recommend immediately upgrading to either version 2.0.8 or 2.1.4.
While this advice can be found in many places, it is always worth repeating: you should never rely on interpolation of values into SQL strings; always use prepared statements / parameterization / extension specific value binding.
The Zend Framework team thanks the following for identifying the issues and working with us to help protect its users:
- Axel Helmert for alerting us to the issue
- Ralph Schindler for implementing a solution
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Released Thu, 14 March 2013 10:00:00 -0500.