MySQL 5.5 is currently in the Release Candidate phase and making good
progress on the way to being a Generally Available release. There
are many new features that will improve performance, make service
more robust, and generally make life better for DBAs. But since
5.5.7 was released for evaluation in October, there has not been a
lot of attention given to the changes in authentication.
To greatly simplify, MySQL has a table with a list of users and a
list of hosts from which those users are allowed access. So user
'jones' and the host they connect from are checked to make sure they
are allowed access. If they match, they can access the instance.
As of 5.5.7, MySQL authentication now supports pluggable
authentication and proxies. So now you can use PAM, Windows native
authentication, LDAP, [Read more...]