WHAT'S IN THIS CHAPTER?
Identifying the limitations of default MySQL security
Learning best practices for providing a more secure MySQL installation
Identifying the ideal privileges for client access to the database
Encrypting and decrypting data using PHP
Creating secure hash values using PHP
Preventing common exploits including cross-site scripting, SQL injection, as well as some lesser-known exploits
Security is a critical component of any application software. It's often overlooked and implemented insufficiently due to lack of time or commitment which can translate into a less robust and secure option. Yet it only takes one weak link to destroy a site or brand's reputation.
To ensure that best practices are part of the solution to a secure product, adequate data security must be a prerequisite to commencing development. In fact, it's imperative that applications follow all the rules and best practices outlined in this chapter. This chapter creates a path to securing an application; you'll looks at hardening your MySQL server, encrypting and decrypting data in PHP, and some techniques for overcoming common vulnerabilities.
A default MySQL installation fails to provide adequate best practices in database security. This section discusses these limitations and then various means of improving security including:
Operating system security
MySQL security permissions
Other security options
When installed, MySQL ...