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Bit shifting blind injection : Simplified!

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I've recently been investigating Blind SQL injection, and have become quite fond of the practice. I stumbled upon a new technique documented by http://h.ackack.net (see here http://h.ackack.net/faster-blind-mysql-injection-using-bit-shifting.html) that used Bit shifting to guess the bits that make up the chars of the information you are trying to extract from the database.

I then came up with a modification to the method to try and make it simpler and hopefully allow the development of an even faster method (which im still working on) . My method uses the XOR bitwise operation to simplify the output and operation of the attack.

Thought relatively simple methods, they still require a comfortable understanding of the binary number system and can be frustrating to use. The method I'm about to show you can be performed with minimal understanding of the binary number system. This is because you don't need to convert in and out of binary while performing the attack.

How to shoot in the dark: Improved Blind SQLi

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I really like this method, i feel that it should replace the method you are currently used for blind injection if you aren't using this one!


Blind SQL injection is all about knowing how to ask the right questions. The problem is you have to ask alot of questions before finding out something useful! And we also know most of the time we are trying to find out things like passwords/password hashes, usernames or emails and these things are just simply saved as a bunch of characters in a table somewhere.

The conventional Blind injection will have you probing every character of a given, guessing every possible character in the ascii table until you manage to get the right one. Worst case this will take 127 requests per character!

But there is a a faster way, which uses the way characters are represented to guess them faster.

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