Narcolapser Narcolapser - 1 year ago 125
Python Question

variable table name in sqlite

Question: Is it possible to use a variable as your table name w/o having to use string constructors to do so?


I'm working on a project right now that catalogs data from a star simulation of mine. To do so I'm loading all the data into a sqlite database. It's working pretty well, but I've decided to add a lot more flexibility, efficiency, and usability to my db. I plan on later adding planetoids to the simulation, and wanted to have a table for each star. This way I wouldn't have to query a table of 20m some planetoids for the 1-4k in each solar system.

I've been told using string constructors is bad because it leaves me vulnerable to a SQL injection attack. While that isn't a big deal here as I'm the only person with access to these dbs, I would like to follow best practices. And also this way if I do a project with a similar situation where it is open to the public, I know what to do.

Currently I'm doing this:

cursor.execute("CREATE TABLE StarFrame"" (etc etc)")

This works, but I would like to do something more like:

cursor.execute("CREATE TABLE StarFrame(?) (etc etc)",

though I understand that this would probably be impossible. though I would settle for something like

cursor.execute("CREATE TABLE (?) (etc etc)",

If this is not at all possible, I'll accept that answer, but if anyone knows a way to do this, do tell. :)

I'm coding in python.


Answer Source

Unfortunately, tables can't be the target of parameter substitution (I didn't find any definitive source, but I have seen it on a few web forums).

If you are worried about injection (you probably should be), you can write a function that cleans the string before passing it. Since you are looking for just a table name, you should be safe just accepting alphanumerics, stripping out all punctuation, such as )(][;, and whitespace. Basically, just keep A-Z a-z 0-9.

def scrub(table_name):
    return ''.join( chr for chr in table_name if chr.isalnum() )

scrub('); drop tables --')  # returns 'droptables'
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