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MySQL module S161
Data Access and Security in MySQL
Exercises, examples and other material relating to training module S161. This topic is presented on public course MySQL

MySQL provides facilities to control the access to data which it holds. This is necessary to prevent unauthorised alteration or viewing of information, and also to ensure that applications are robustly written to maintain data integrity.

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Background information
Some modules are available for download as a sample of our material or under an Open Training Notes License for free download from [here].
Topics covered in this module
Introduction to the MySQL security model.
MySQL login accounts.
Access rights.
Privilege types.
A straightforward example.
A private database for each of a group of users.
Operating system security.
Ownership of the mysqld process.
File ownerships and permissions.
MySQL configuration files, command line options.
Order of file selection.
File format.
Command line options.
Running multiple servers on one system.
Basic first setup - example.
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