- There is a new password hash algorithm (SHA-256)
- There is obfuscation for passwords with the .mylogin.cnf file.
- The option to store slave passwords in a database table.
- It's now possible to supply a password to START SLAVE.
This blog post is a great new feature: Hiding passwords from your log files, automatically.
MySQL 5.6 will by default hide passwords from the general log. This is not just obfuscation as only the one-way hash will be put in the log files. By setting log-raw=OFF you can disable password hiding for the general log. The log-raw setting will only influence the general log, so the passwords in the slow query log and the binary logs will still be hidden.
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