Bug 109407 - system log includes plaintext passwords
system log includes plaintext passwords
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mysql (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Patrick Macdonald
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2003-11-07 10:38 EST by Frank Ch. Eigler
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:59 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-11-07 10:39:26 EST
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Description Frank Ch. Eigler 2003-11-07 10:38:16 EST
mysql_install_db prints into the system log (/var/log/messages)
the plaintext initial administrative passwords.  Ideally it
should obscure those strings.

e.g.:

Nov  3 11:17:48 tomaluk mysql_install_db: /usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root
 password 'new-password'
Nov  3 11:17:48 tomaluk mysql_install_db: /usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root
-h tomaluk.toronto.redhat.com  password 'new-password'

should be something like:

Nov  3 11:17:48 tomaluk mysql_install_db: /usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root
 password '(REDACTED)'
Nov  3 11:17:48 tomaluk mysql_install_db: /usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root
-h tomaluk.toronto.redhat.com  password '(REDACTED)'
Comment 1 Frank Ch. Eigler 2003-11-07 10:39:26 EST
Sorry, screwed up misreading the rest of the log.
This is just sample text being printed by the installation scripts,
not actually being executed.

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