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  1. Too many people are obsessed with "filtering" bad inputs. You don't have to "filter" anything. You don't have to remove HTML tags. You don't have to remove SQL keywords. You don't have to strip quotes or backslashes. All you have to do is make sure that whatever the user typed doesn't screw around with what you're trying to do. Want to put it into HTML? Make sure it doesn't screw around with your HTML. Want to put it into SQL? Make sure it doesn't screw around with your SQL. Want to send it in JSON? Make sure it doesn't screw around with your JSON. And every single one of those situations has a simple, single best-practice solution: HTML? Use htmlspecialchars with ENT_QUOTES* and the correct charset. SQL? Use prepared statements. JSON? Use json_encode. That's it. No filter_vars or filter_inputs, no strip_tags, no regular expressions, nothing stupid like that. User wants to look cool and type <script> tags into their forum post? Go ahead and let them, because it'll just show up as plain and simple text. Like it just did now. * Only actually required if you are putting the input into an single quote-delimited tag attribute. Using double quotes for your attributes? Not outputting into an HTML tag? Then you don't technically need ENT_QUOTES.
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  2. I have come to the conclusion that nothing works perfectly to do this. This surprises me. How many servers and for how many years has this problem been around? OPTIONS PHP provides filters. The filters are pretty generic. Strip tag seems useless. One greater than symbol in the input and most of the good data is stripped out Clean-html seems better than the rest but I'll be damned if I can get it to work on my system https://github.com/dave-kennedy/clean-html
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