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Interview with Reiners

Article written by .mario

Today we are talking to Reiners who helped us enhancing the SQL Injection detection rules. Thanks to his outstanding work we were able to identify lots of bugs in the rules and make the PHPIDS a lot better in SQL Injection detection that we ever thought it could be.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Johannes Dahse and I am studying “IT-Security” at the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. Beside my studies I read a lot about websecurity and experiment with it or I write some codes for smaller projects. I also like to work out, and hang out with friends and grab some beers.

Q: During the last weeks we happened to learn to know you as a top notch SQL Injection expert – how come?

It started with learning PHP and MySQL about 4 years ago. Back then, I was already interested in security in general and did a lot of research. While participating at the last CIPHER (a Capture The Flag-style wargame) I noticed that my SQLi knowledge was a bit rusty and started to do more research on it which leads me to PHP-IDS. I learned a lot during the challenge to trick the filters and had a lot of fun.

Q: XSS vs. SQLI can you compare them? If yes, whose impact is bigger?

That is an interesting question. Generally I would say SQLi is more dangerous because it is a server-side problem and can lead to a full takeover. But it depends on what the attacker wants to do, the DBMS and its settings of course. And there may be a lot of scenarios where XSS as client-side attack is way more effective to reach your goals.
You shouldn’t have one of those holes in your webapp anyway, but I’d rather like to know a XSS hole in my app than a SQLi ;)

Q: WebAppSec in five years – any prognoses?

I think WebAppSec is getting more and more important. The amount of web-applications is growing, however, most of their developers tend to ignore web security. Additionally, many people release their personal information at the internet and therefore, the security for these personal data will play a major role.

Q: Whom would you like to invite for dinner and why

Haha, I can think of a couple of lovely ladies I’d like to meet but I guess you are asking towards webappsec. Well, since I really enjoy reading Ronalds blog (www.0× I think it would be really interesting having a chat with him. He has some really interesting posts I’d like to talk more about.

Q: Thanks for the interview!

2 Responses to “Interview with Reiners”

  1. AD Says:

    phpids rules, keep it up christian & mario, I’ll do my best helping you :)

  2. Interview on PHP-IDS « Reiners Weblog Says:

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