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Managing & Using MySQL, 2nd Edition by Hugh E. Williams, Randy Yarger, George Reese, Tim King

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System Security

System security applies to the environment in which MySQL is installed—the hardware, network topology, and operating system. For example, if your MySQL database is installed on a machine where dozens of people have root access, they can bypass your excellent database security through direct manipulation of the MySQL database and executable files.

A user in the system security context differs from a user in the MySQL database security context. Specifically, a user in a system security context is any individual with access to operating system processes—via either direct access or across the network.

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