Simple way to secure a MySQL installation

May 27, 2013

I now know this script was there for years but I just found it some month ago, when I installed MySQL on a CentOS and it told me to use it. But I checked, it is also present on an old Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (released 5 years ago). The script is called:

/usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation

Here are the questions you get asked by it:

Change the root password? [Y/n]
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]

You really should run this program as it makes the basic securing of MySQL really easy.

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