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Re: Why does local root need a password?


MariaDB already supports authenticating as OS users such as root, when use by UNIX domain sockets for communications:

> On Mar 25, 2019, at 6:07 PM, Felipe Gasper <felipe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello,
>    I’ve submitted a proposal to the MySQL team to allow the system administrator, when logging in via a local socket that indicates reliably that the DB client is the superuser (e.g., SO_PEERCRED in Linux), to not need a password. As implemented, my suggestion allows root to log in as any user.
>    The rationale is that the system administrator can do anything on the server (including manual edits to the DB files) anyway; thus, every user already implicitly trusts that user with their data.
>    This will simplify DB administration on several levels, but most conspicuously because a lost DB admin password will no longer necessitate the awkward one-time-init-file recovery method.
>    Would MariaDB be interested in this proposal?
> -FG
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