SQL Injection Test

Why Trust Techopedia

What Does SQL Injection Test Mean?

An SQL injection test is the process of testing a website for SQL injection vulnerabilities. SQL injection is the attempt to issue SQL commands to a database via a website interface. This is to gain stored database information, including usernames and passwords. This code injection technique exploits a security vulnerability in an application’s database layer.


Users can perform manual SQL injection tests or implement automated SQL injection scanning to check for vulnerabilities.

Techopedia Explains SQL Injection Test

The following three-part process is essential when securing websites as well as web applications from SQL injection:

  • Evaluate the present condition of existing security by conducting a comprehensive audit of the website and the web applications for SQL injection.
  • Ensure that the best coding practices are followed.
  • Perform regular web security audits whenever a change or addition is done to the website or web components.

Two methods to check for SQL injection vulnerabilities are:

  • Automated SQL injection scanning: The ideal way to test SQL injection vulnerability is by implementing an automated web vulnerability scanner. These scanners offer simple, automated methods to evaluate the web applications or websites for possible SQL injection vulnerabilities. The automated scanner points out which URLs/scripts are prone to SQL injection so that the web admin can instantly fix the code.

    IBM’s AppScan, Cenzic’s Hailstorm and HP’s WebInspect are some examples.

  • Manual SQL injection tests: Manual testing involves running some standard tests to examine the websites or web applications for SQL injection vulnerabilities using a web browser. Manual vulnerability testing is challenging and extremely time consuming. Additionally, it calls for a high level of expertise to monitor significant volumes of code as well as the latest techniques implemented by hackers.

Related Terms

Margaret Rouse
Senior Editor
Margaret Rouse
Senior Editor

Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.