mysql security problem

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mysql security problem

Postby kjharrison » 30. June 2006 23:49

I set a password for the root user in mysql, but I can still go run mysqladmin from a comand line without having to log in using mysqladmin -u root password 'password' Also, when I run WinMysqlAdmin 1.4 there is no password listed under my.iniSetup What is there is:
Server="C:/Program Files/xampp/mysql/bin/mysqld.exe"
I dont want to play with this, but I must be doing something wrong.

I would loginto mysqladmin via phpmyadmin, but it won't take the username and password I set for it.

Also, when I CD Collection under Demos I get this message:
Warning: mysql_connect() [function.mysql-connect]: Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO) in C:\Program Files\xampp\htdocs\xampp\cds.php on line 64
Could not connect to database!
Is MySQL running or did you change the password?
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Postby kjharrison » 01. July 2006 12:35

Also, when I connect to mysql via a commant prompt and try to log in, I get:

C:\Program Files\xampp\mysql\bin>mysqladmin -p root
Enter password: ******
mysqladmin: connect to server at 'localhost' failed
error: 'Access denied for user 'ODBC'@'localhost' (using password: YES)'

Before I set up a password in xampp for mysql everything worked fine, so I don't know why it suddenly won't let me in.
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Postby kjharrison » 01. July 2006 12:53

one more bit of info here. In the WinMySQLAdmin 1.4 window under MyODBC it says in gray text:
Not Found
Driver 3.51 Not Found

Could this be the problem? Should I try to re-install MySQL?
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Postby kjharrison » 01. July 2006 17:00

Here is what I've done thus far that seems to be getting me somewhere:
I downloaded the missign driver (, installed it. The environment tab under MyOBDC now says:
Not Found

Driver Version
Driver C:\WINDOWS\system32\myodbc3.dll
API Level
setup C:\WINDOWS\system32\myodbc3.dll
SQL Level

I still could not connect to mysql, nor was there any information listed in WinMySQLAdmin about the database in nay of the tabs.

Next thing, I found the my.ini file in the windows directory and renamed it my.ini.old. Then I ran WinMySQL Amdmin and was prompted to set up a user and passwprd I used root with the password I want to use. And yes, now I have information about the SQL server listed in all the tabs, although the MyODBC section looks the same. Now only that, but I can;t connect to MSQL.

After a little thought, I desided to look for a my.cnf file and found I don't have one on my computer. According to mysqladmin I'm supposed to have one. Hmmm. That's my next step. Does anyone know about this file?
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I'm unsure why exactly, but this worked for me.

Postby orangedrink » 24. July 2006 06:07

In the xampp control panel stop the mysql service. Uncheck the checkbox to the left and click start again. Very weird but it did the job for me.
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Postby sari42 » 24. July 2006 21:32

>C:\Program Files\xampp\mysql\bin>mysqladmin -p root
i think it should be
C:\Program Files\xampp\mysql\bin>mysqladmin -uroot
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