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mariadb-secure-installation - improve MariaDB installation security (mysql_secure_installation is now a symlink to mariadb-secure-installation)




This program enables you to improve the security of your MariaDB installation in the following ways:

•You can set a password for root accounts.

•You can remove root accounts that are accessible from outside the local host.

•You can remove anonymous-user accounts.

•You can remove the test database, which by default can be accessed by anonymous users.

mysql_secure_installation can be invoked without arguments:

shell> mysql_secure_installation

The script will prompt you to determine which actions to perform.

mysql_secure_installation accepts some options:


Base directory.


Additional option file.


Option file.


Don't read any defaults file.

Other unrecognized options will be passed on to the server.


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15 May 2020 MariaDB 10.6