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I'd like to write a command line script for Debian, what secures a MySQL installation, just like mysql_secure_installation.

Do you know any way to either: emulate user inputs to mysql_secure_installation, thus make it run inside a script or to replicate the functionality by SQL statements?

Here is how far I came:

Remove anonymous users: (users with no password) idea:

DROP USER ''@'localhost';
DROP USER ''@'host_name';

problem: I don't know host name in a script file, would be better with where password = '', but I don't know how to combine it with drop user.

DELETE FROM user WHERE user = '';

does it, but AFAIK, it doesn't remove privileges. I'd better use DROP USER for this.

Disallow root login remotely: I think it is to remove the root user, what's host isn't "localhost", "" or "::1" Any idea how to do this? A stronger alternative is to have skip-networking in the config file:

# Prevent network access to MySQL.

Remove test database and access to it:


What do I need to do to remove privileges on the test database? Isn't this enought?

Finally, flusing the priviliges:





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closed as not a real question by Randolph West, Indrek, Canadian Luke, Nifle, 8088 Sep 11 '12 at 1:06

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Hi zsero. I think your question is too broad at the moment. Please edit it to be more specific, otherwise it will most probably be closed. –  user3463 Sep 10 '12 at 0:42
I've done it in Python in the meantime. pastebin.com/b4twn5YK I think it would be very difficult using just SQL commands. You can close the question, if someone finds it he can find the solution in this comment. –  zsero Sep 10 '12 at 1:10

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There are two things you must be made aware of


While the other steps you outlined above are good, you forgot one more thing that's not really documented anywhere: You must remove test entries from the mysql.db table. I'll repeat myself: It is not documented anywhere. In fact, I wrote about this problem in the DBA StackExchange. I wrote an additional answer along these lines back on Feb 17, 2012.


You should not use skip-networking if you plan to use external web servers or MySQL Replication.

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