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Bug 17958 - mysql is not properly secured when installed.
mysql is not properly secured when installed.
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mysql (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Patrick Macdonald
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2000-09-30 11:49 EDT by Per Steinar Iversen
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:28 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-09-30 11:49:07 EDT
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Description Per Steinar Iversen 2000-09-30 11:49:05 EDT
When  mysql is installed there is no question or warning about setting a
for the mysql user root. This means that any user on the host that mysqld
is running
on has all privileges and can do anything with all databases until a
password is set.

Comment 1 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2000-10-01 11:35:18 EDT
If you install it, you need to configure it. Default passwords considered
Comment 2 Per Steinar Iversen 2000-10-01 14:29:06 EDT
The rpm version distributed by the mysql group warns the installer
to set a password at least. The current RH mysql install is silent,
this is likely to cause some interesting problems for the unwary.

I strongly agree that default passwords are bad.

Comment 3 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2000-10-01 14:55:33 EDT
Returning output (or asking for input) from one of the post/pre scripts is
considered bad - you wouldn't necesarrily see it. RPM is designed to be
Comment 4 Per Steinar Iversen 2000-10-02 04:01:47 EDT
What then about adding something like this to /etc/rc.d/init.d/mysql, just
after starting mysqld:

mysqladmin --user root processlist > /dev/null 2> /dev/null && echo "Unsafe

This will unfortunately also trigger if the password is set in /root/.my.cnf but
that case should
be easy to take care of with a few script lines. The important thing is to warn
of a very insecure

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