Thursday, February 18, 2010

Speaking on SQL Injection at MySQL Conference

O'Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo 2010

I'm speaking this year at the MySQL Conference & Expo 2010 in Santa Clara. Be sure to get your early registration discount by Feb 22! If you miss that deadline, get 25% off with this discount code: mys10fsp

I'm presenting a talk on SQL Injection Myths and Fallacies. This may seem like a topic that's been done to death, but it's important for all developers to understand it. This reminds me of a story:

My mother volunteers with the League of Women Voters. One of their activities is helping college students register to vote. So every year they set up a table on campus and help young people fill out the forms.
One day one of the women expressed frustration: "We've been doing this for ten years! When are these students going to learn how to register to vote for themselves?!"
The rest of the group looked at her blankly. Finally someone said calmly, "You realize that every year a new class of students becomes eligible to vote, right?
The woman who complained felt suitably embarrassed.

I'm going to cover the basics about SQL Injection, but I'll also show how much of the advice about SQL Injection (even advice from noted security experts) misses the whole picture. I'll also give some new techniques for remedies, that I seldom see in books or blogs. Come on by!


Gareth Bowles said...

I'd love to see this, but these conferences are so flippin' expensive that I just can't justify it. Do you think your presentation will be available online at some point ?

Bill Karwin said...

I post my slides online at after the conference. But I don't think the MySQL Conference videotapes all the sessions (just the keynotes).

But Gareth -- don't you work just down the road from my house? I need to practice my presentation anyway, and it's better with an audience! I could also do a brown-bag for your team.

Gareth Bowles said...

That might be fun, Bill ! My team is down to me, Simon and Wayne now, but I'll see if they're as interested as I am and we'll buy you lunch for practicing on us.

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