MySQL privilege system is small, almost all administrative tasks can be completed using a handful of privileges. If we exclude generic ones as ALL, SHOW DATABASES and USAGE, create and drop permissions as CREATE USER, DROP ROLE or CREATE TABLESPACE, the number of privileges remaining is really limited: PROCESS, PROXY, RELOAD, REPLICATION_CLIENT, REPLICATION_SLAVE, SHUTDOWN, and SUPER.
Having such a reduced list of privileges means that it is very difficult to control what a connected session can do. For example, if a user has privileges to stop replication, it also has privileges to start it, and also to configure it. Actually, it has rights to do almost everything as the privilege required to stop replication is SUPER. …[Read more]