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Earlier this week I promoted the release candidate for 0.7.5 of QueryParam Scanner
to full release.
For anyone unaware, QueryParam Scanner is a simple tool for identifying
unparameterised variables in CFML queries (which may indicate a potential SQL
This version has a handful of bug fixes and code cleanups, resulting in faster
more accurate scanning than previous versions, plus the addition of JSON output
format, giving a more lightweight option if used in scripted processes.
For further details on these, see the previous RC article; other than
a couple of trivial fixes and a new readme, nothing has changed since that.
To download the latest version, you can either clone the git repo, or
grab it as a zip archive from the GitHub tags page.
For any feedback, problems, or questions, please use the issue tracker.
I have just pushed an update of QueryParam Scanner to GitHub, containing
This update is on the rc0.7.5 branch, and it'd be nice if people could
take it for a spin and make sure there are no issues with it. (There is a
zip download for anyone without git.)
The visible changes which you might notice are:
- Added JSON output format, giving an alternative to XML for anyone using
qpscanner in a scripted process.
- Added variable for number of potential risk files, and improved related
wording in HTML output.
- Fixed bug where identical queries were causing incorrect line numbers.
- Fixed bug where query names were not being detected.
- Fixed bug where blank lines were incorrectly removed.
However, there are also significant under-the-hood changes. I removed my
obsolete "Java Regex Utils" library (replacing it with the object part of
cfRegex), and made a number of little code clean-ups.
A result of these changes is that qpscanner rc0.7.5 appears to be almost twice
as fast as previous versions.
If you have any feedback, please feel free to contact me via GitHub,
and similarly if you find any bugs then please raise them on the issue tracker.
The cfRegex project is two things. Firstly, it is a complete regex implementation
for CFML, providing more functionality, flexibility, features and power than the
existing CFML RE functions. Secondly, it is a drive to encourage people to
properly learn and make use of regex.
Regex is a very flexible language for matching patterns within text, and it has
the power to greatly simplify certain programming tasks. However, it can also be
intimidating to people not experienced with it.
This problem can be compounded by the relatively limited support for regex in
CFML, which often means code is written that is more complex than should be
cfRegex helps to address both these problems. It provides a number of functions
and features that help to reduce the amount of code which programmers have to
write, whilst also helping to make their code clearer and easier to understand.
In addition, the project provides documentation, not just for its own features,
but also for regex itself, helping people to understand exactly what their
expressions are matching, and how to get the most out of regex.
Whilst cfRegex is still at a relatively early stage, it is currently usable, and
if you're a fan of regex it is certainly worth checking out.
It currently runs on CF 9.0.1, OpenBD 2.0, Railo 3.2 and later.
(Support for CF8 and others will be considered if enough people need it.)
The documentation should tell you everything you need to know about using it,
but if not then get it touch and say what's missing so it can be fixed!
If you get stuck, there's a mailing list where you can receive answers to any
problems or questions you have.
Java RegEx Utilities, or jre-utils, is a CFC which provides a convenient way to access Java's regular expression functionality.
Whilst ColdFusion, Railo, and openBD are all built on Java, and CFML does have regular expression functions, they do not actually use the Java regular expression engine, which supports many useful regex constructs.
The purpose of jre-utils is to provide this extra power to CFML developers in a familiar and easy to use way.
I will shortly be releasing v0.7 of jre-utils, which adds a number of new functions, as well as making things more consistent, so I decided I would give this quick preview of what it contains.
The first pre-release version of the qpScanner Eclipse Plugin is now available.
This is the very first Eclipse plugin I have created. It was an interesting
experience, and something that I will be writing up in a separate entry as soon
as I can collect my thoughts.
It order to use the plugin, you must be using v0.7 or higher of qpScanner -
if you do not yet have this, you can download the
development version of qpScanner, which contains details of the Update Site
to use. If for any reason you cannot use the regular Eclipse Update method, you
can directly download the qpScanner Eclipse Plugin instead.
Just to be clear, both v0.7 of QueryParam Scanner and v0.1 of the qpScanner
Eclipse Plugin are currently considered development releases, and are being made
available so that they can be tested and any bugs that might exist can be found
- if you are unwilling to use pre-release software you should wait until the
If you do get the Eclipse Plugin, or even just qpScanner on its own, I
welcome any and all feedback you might have - whether to report bugs you have
found, request new features you would like, or simply to let me know that works
with your local setup.
Please send feedback via the GitHub Issue system.