UnknownAttributeReference is raised when an unknown and potentially unsafe value is passed to a query method when allow_unsafe_raw_sql is set to :disabled. For example, passing a non column name value to a relation's order method might cause this exception.
When working around this exception, caution should be taken to avoid SQL injection vulnerabilities when passing user-provided values to query methods. Known-safe values can be passed to query methods by wrapping them in Arel.sql.
For example, with allow_unsafe_raw_sql set to :disabled, the following code would raise this exception:
The desired result can be accomplished by wrapping the known-safe string in Arel.sql:
Again, such a workaround should not be used when passing user-provided values, such as request parameters or model attributes to query methods.
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