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AppDetective for SQL Server

Exposing holes in your SQL security

AppDetective is a new security auditing tool that actually covers a variety of servers, including Oracle and Lotus Domino as well as SQL Server, with more editions planned for the future. I took a look at the SQL Server version, testing it with some SQL Server databases on my network—one "out of the box" and one that I thought was pretty well up to date.

Using AppDetective is a three-step process. First, you scan your network, looking for servers using the target software. Second, you can run "Pen Tests" against any server. A Pen Test (or penetration test) is a test that doesn't use any special knowledge about the server; it just looks for problems that can be found from outside. Third, you can run audits, which require a valid login for the server. An audit can check for problems such as easy-to-crack passwords and buffer overflows.

Well, it turns out that even my "up to date" server had problems—there's a Microsoft hot fix that I'd missed installing. And the out of the box server was, of course, a security disaster waiting to happen. AppDetective made short work of even comprehensive scans against these servers, coming back with results in a matter of minutes.

You can download a functioning evaluation copy from the Application Security web site. If you choose to purchase, you also get access to periodic updates so that it can continue to monitor your network for the latest vulnerabilities.

About the Author

Mike Gunderloy, MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA, is a former MCP columnist and the author of numerous development books.

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