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Mastering phpMyAdmin 3.1 for Effective MySQL Management by Marc Delisle

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Chapter 2. Authentication and Security

There are many ways of configuring authentication in phpMyAdmin—depending on our goals, the presence of other applications, and the level of security we need. This chapter explores the available possibilities.

MySQL authentication

When we type in a username and password, although it seems that we are logging in to phpMyAdmin, we are not! The authentication system is a function of the MySQL server. We are merely using phpMyAdmin (which is running on the web server) as an interface that sends our username and password information to the MySQL server. Strictly speaking, we do not log in to phpMyAdmin, but through phpMyAdmin.

This is why in user support forums about phpMyAdmin, people asking for help about authentication ...

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