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How To Fix MySQL Table mysql.plugin Doesn’t Exist

I recently had an issue on a MySQL Database Server where running apt-get upgrade to upgrade the MySQL package on the server would result in an error about the table 'mysql.plugin' doesn't exist. I believe the issue started on this server after I changed the datadir in my.cnf and I moved the database directory to [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Categories: System Administration|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

How To Harden A MySQL Server

As with any server, whether it be a web server, file server, database server, etc, hardening is an important step in information security and protecting the data on your systems. This guide will show you some basics when it comes to hardening a MySQL Server. Most of these changes are simple lines to add into [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Security, Server Hardening, System Administration|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

New Cerber Ransomware Switches To A Random Extension And Ends Database Processes

A new variant of the Cerber ransomware kills common database-related processes like those of the MySQL, Oracle and Microsoft SQL servers to encrypt files. The most notable change is the switch from the static .Cerber3 extension for encrypted files to a random 4 character extension, the use of a HTA file as the ransom note, [...]

By | October 6th, 2016|Categories: Ransomware, Security|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

LEMP Install NGINX PHP7 MySQL on CentOS 7 / RHEL / Fedora

If you’re a blogger or a web developer, there will hopefully come a time when you out-grow a shared host and need either a VPS or a dedicated server to run your website. In this article, I’ll walk you through the steps to do a LEMP install on a Red Hat based Linux Distribution like [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Linux, System Administration|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

LEMP Install NGINX PHP7 MySQL on Ubuntu 16.04 Server

If you're a blogger or a web developer, there will hopefully come a time when you out-grow a shared host and need either a VPS or a dedicated server to run your website. In this article, I'll walk you through the steps to do a LEMP install on Ubuntu 16.04 Server. A LEMP install will [...]

By | September 16th, 2016|Categories: Linux, System Administration|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

MySQL Zero-Day Allows An Attacker To Take Full Control Of Database

Two zero-day vulnerabilities, CVE-2016-6662 and CVE-2016-6663 that affect all currently supported MySQL versions has been discovered by Polish security researcher, Dawid Golunski. These vulnerabilities allow an attacker to take complete control over the database. While MariaDB and PerconaDB have fixed the vulnerabilities and Oracle has not, the researcher today has gone ahead and published the [...]

By | September 12th, 2016|Categories: Zero-Day|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments
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