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Using a password is insecure, but no password is OK?
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I have been preaching since 2003 that the default deployment of MySQL (where root can access without password) should be changed to something more sicure.

Yet, MySQL 5.6 still uses the same defaults.

$ mysql --no-defaults -u root --port=5000 -h 127.0.0.1
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 1
Server version: 5.6.9-rc MySQL Community Server (GPL)

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Untrusted downloads and MySQL
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When the MySQL version from your distribution isn't good enough you need to download the latest Oracle MySQL. There are more possibilities like Percona Server and MariaDB, but that's not what this post is about.

The dowload site for MySQL is https://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/ and contains to a mirror.php script which ask you if you like to login with a Oracle Web Account and then chooses a mirror for you. You don't have to login. Then you will be redirected to the chosen mirror. In my case this is https://cdn.mysql.com

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MariaDB security updates
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Important Security Fix for a Buffer Overflow Bug: MariaDB 5.5.28a, 5.3.11, 5.2.13 and 5.1.66 include a fix for CVE-2012-5579, a vulnerability that allowed an authenticated user to crash MariaDB server or to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the mysqld process. This is a serious security issue. We recommend upgrading from older versions as soon as possible.

MariaDB 5.5.28a, 5.3.11, 5.2.13 and 5.1.66 (GA) binaries, packages, and source tarballs are now available for download from http://downloads.mariadb.org. So you can upgrade within your own major series.

Note that while this fix has just …

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MySQL Zeroday's
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SANS ISC reported a number of zeroday's for MySQL today.

* CVE-2012-5611 MySQL (Linux) Stack based buffer overrun PoC Zeroday
http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2012/Dec/4
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=882599

* CVE-2012-5612 MySQL (Linux) Heap Based Overrun PoC Zeroday
http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2012/Dec/5






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common_schema 1.2: security, partition management, processes, QueryScript goodies
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common_schema 1.2 is released! This version comes shortly after 1.1, yet contains quite a few interesting goodies:

  • Account blocking
  • Security audit
  • RANGE partition management
  • Slave status
  • Better blocking and idle transaction management
  • QueryScript goodies:
    • echo, report
    • while-otherwise statement; foreach-otherwise statement
    • Better variable scope handling
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Improved password policy utility for MySQL 5.6
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I previously published stored programs to help implement a (more) comprehensive password policy in MySQL 5.6, building on the password complexity plugin now available in MySQL 5.6.  This proof-of-concept has been expanded recently, and the updated package is available here.  There’s a few notable changes to the earlier version:

Moved all created objects out of mysql …

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Notes on ALTER USER … PASSWORD EXPIRE
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I’ve been looking at the new ALTER USER … PASSWORD EXPIRE command as I try to implement a comprehensive password policy for MySQL 5.6.  There’s a few aspects of this feature that I found interesting, and thought others might benefit from what I’ve learned.  Here’s a quick summary:

You can use ALTER USER … PASSWORD EXPIRE in prepared statements as of 5.6.8-rc

This is important because there’s no other way to dynamically bind ALTER USER statements to a user name and host, which is necessary if you are trying to automate anything related to password policies.  This wasn’t the case with earlier 5.6 …

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System user authentication plugin
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I’ve been working on revising my password policy scripts, and in the process, thought about the privileges required.  My first draft added tables to the mysql system database and leveraged the root@localhost account.  I’m looking to lock that down for the next iteration.  It’s easy to move the tables and procedures out of the mysql system database into a new password_policy database, but what to do about the use of the root account?

Ideally we would use an …

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.mylogin.cnf password recovery
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As Todd Farmer points out in Understanding mysql_config_editors security aspects, the new .mylogin.cnf file generated by mysql_config_editor does not securely store the password used to login to the database. It just obfuscates it.

The format of the file is as follows (as of MySQL 5.6.7-RC):

  • 4 Bytes Zero (Version Information)
  • 20 Bytes Key Generation Matter
  • Repeated:
    • 4 Bytes Length …


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Implementing a password policy in MySQL
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In a previous post, I noted that the new new password verification plugin in MySQL 5.6 provides a basis for implementing a more comprehensive password policy.  Most notably, password policies include requirements around password strength, duration, and reuse.  While the password validation plugin focuses on password strength policy components, there are ways to roll your own processes in support of password expiration and reuse policy components.  Unlike the password verification plugin, …

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