Mairadb Doesn’t Prompt For User/pass

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I discovered today that CentOS 7 has replaced MySQL with MariaDB. Which is fine, it’s seems really similar. And I was already aware that it was written by the original team that wrote mysql.

It’s cool that the mysql command still gets you in!

This is the version I have:

[root@web1:~] #mysql –version mysql Ver 15.1 Distrib 5.5.37-MariaDB, for Linux (x86_64) using readline

But for some reason all I have to do is type the word ‘mysql’ to get me into the database.

That’s ok for initial setup I guess. But once I was in a did away with all the accounts that either had blank set for the username, and updated all the accounts to use passwords.

MariaDB [mysql]> select User,’@’,Host,Password from user;

| User | @ | Host | Password |


| root | @ | localhost | *8328225AE4A663FAKEFAKEFAKEFAKEFAKE93D61 |

| root | @ | web1 | *8328225AE4A663FAKEFAKEFAKEFAKEFAKE93D61 |

| root | @ | | *8328225AE4A663FAKEFAKEFAKEFAKEFAKE93D61 |

| admin | @ | localhost | *8328225AE4A663FAKEFAKEFAKEFAKEFAKE93D61 |


4 rows in set (0.00 sec)

I also did a search from root to find any my.cnf files and didn’t find any that has user accounts in them.

Also I find that for the root accounts I can’t seem to login even if I set the password in the database without encryption and copy/paste the password into the prompt.

However the non-root account (admin) does let you in with the password.

So I’m wondering how to secure mariadb so that it doesnt’ let you in without typing in a username and password and also why it doesn’t let you log in as ‘root’? Is the root account disallowed from logging in by default?

Thanks Tim

6 thoughts on - Mairadb Doesn’t Prompt For User/pass

  • my.cnf doesn’t have the passwords. When you first set up mysql, you use the mysqladmin command to set the root password.

    MariaDB doesn’t handle the initial set up any differently than MySQL.

    man mysqladmin

    C7 does do some stuff differently with the config as the “real” config files are in /etc/my.cnf.d /etc/my.cnf includes those files to build a config.

  • Cool thanks. That worked! I was going in with the initial login with no password prompt and setting up the root user with the ‘create user’
    command which didn’t work. The traditional mysql approach did. Thanks again!

  • MariaDB is just a fork of MySQL so the code is the same. Over time it will diverge but under control of the community rather than Oracle.

  • There is a program “mysql_secure_installation” which can be used to set a root password and remove those accounts. However it sounds like you did the job manually.

    Did you also issue the sql command “flush privileges”?