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I have configured my MySQL Database to require passwords on all users, even root from the machine itself.

Now I discovered that there are empty Users in my Database

Reproduce: mysql -u root -p and then use mysql; & select * from user;

it gives me 2 entries, one with "localhost" and user and one with the machine's hostname and .

now i tried to access the account with mysql -u ' ' (yes it's correct, leave a space between the ' things) and I log in without a password. The user can "only" see information_schema and test, the two databases created by default. He does not has access to mysql or any other custom created databases.

I already changed the Password of this user to something I won't tell you mysql -u root -p use mysql; UPDATE mysql.user SET Password=PASSWORD('thisisasecretpassword') WHERE USER='root'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES;

but yeah now my Question:

Is any MySQL Server vulnerable for an attack with this entry?

Could an attacker break out of this account or the two default databases?

Should I password-protect those Users or can I delete them? Are They required for some MySQL-internal things?

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Those are anonymous users and, as such, don't need passwords. They are created by default on all installations. I'm not sure why it's done this way.

You can either set a password for them or remove them. From https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.6/en/default-privileges.html:

If you want to prevent clients from connecting as anonymous users without a password, you should either assign a password to each anonymous account or else remove the accounts.

Seems to be a duplicate of this one: MySQL 5.5.16 allows anonymous connections

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Thank you for the Link, didn't find it myself ;) By the way, are there more things like that (which I need to take care of) for MySQL? –  v3nd3tta Nov 28 '12 at 13:02

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