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sqlmap: Sucking Your Whole Database Through a Tiny Little Straw

Hacking seemed like an arcane art, only mastered by those willing to spend years pouring over dusty tomes of x86 assembly language manuals and protocol RFCs.  It did not occur to us that many of the vulnerabilities could be exploited by anyone with basic web development coding skills and the willingness to spend a few hours on research. One of these mysterious incantations was the dreaded “SQL Injection” attack.  What exactly could one do with a SQL Injection attack, anyway?  No one was quite sure, but since our software was going into a secure military installation, we were pretty sure that the perimeter defenses would prevent anyone from harming it.