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Cloud storage systems like those offered by Microsoft Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services provide the ability to store large amounts of structured or unstructured data in a way that promises high levels of availability, performance, and scalability. However, just as with traditional data storage methods such as SQL-based relational databases, the interfaces to these data storage systems can exploited by an attacker to gain unauthorized access if they are not used correctly. The query strings used by cloud providers of tabular data make use of query strings that are subject to SQL Injection-like attacks, while the XML transport interfaces of these systems are themselves subject to injection in some circumstances.
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