Development Tools Using PHP with MySQL Filtering Input for Queries Preparing SQL Statements

Why does this filter input?

Is the prepare method here designed to filter input? If you pass in something like "101; DROP TABLE products", what will happen? I'm a bit confused about what's going on here.

Here's the code again:

$results = $db->prepare('SELECT name, price, img, sku, paypal FROM products WHERE sku = ?');

1 Answer

Zachary Green
Zachary Green
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It will escape any dangerous chars. Prepare will also quote your string to fight SQL injection. So now that statement is rendered safe. Later on you should check to see if SKU is int or string add another layer of protection.

Ok, thanks. How exactly does that work, though?

Cool, thanks