php + sql search

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Thu Oct 31 16:41:36 GMT 2002

On Thu, Oct 31, 2002 at 04:08:56PM +0000, Mark Fowler wrote:
> On Thu, 31 Oct 2002, Robin Garbutt wrote:
> > $result = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM db WHERE name LIKE '%$name%'", $db);
> A side issue...Not that I really use PHP (tending to use a lot of Perl to
> do that kind of thing) but don't you have to do something to protect $name
> at this point instead of just string interpolating, in case someone puts in 
> a "'" inside of it (in which case they can break your code/cause serious 
> mischief.)

Yup.  That's what the addslashes() function does --- sanitize user
input before using it in a SQL query.



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