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What is the use of mysql_real_escape_string function?

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What is the use of mysql_real_escape_string function?
posted Jul 8, 2014 by Amanpreet Kaur

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The mysql_real_escape_string() function escapes special characters in a string for use in an SQL statement

The following characters are affected:

  1. \x00
  2. \n
  3. \r
  4. \
  5. '
  6. "
  7. \x1a



So you can't escape entire query, just data... because it will escape all unsafe characters like quotes (valid parts of query).

If you try something like that (to escape entire query)

Example :

mysql_real_escape_string("INSERT INTO some_table VALUES ('xyz', 'abc', '123');");


INSERT INTO some_table VALUES (\'xyz\', \'abc\', \'123\');
answer Jul 9, 2014 by Sidharth Malhotra
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mysql_real_escape_string — Escapes special characters in a string for use in an SQL statement.
It is used to avoid the SQL injection attacks. Like it makes only the authorized user to log into the account.

answer Jul 10, 2014 by Mohit Sharma
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