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I've got MSSQL DB functionality set up with a hosting provider, and recently logged in for the first time. When I added the connection, it then listed (apparently) every single MSSQL database on their servers. I couldn't access them, but I could see their names, which led me to identifying the related websites. Is this bad practice?

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closed as off-topic by Iain, Nathan C, TheCleaner, EEAA, Dave M Aug 12 '13 at 15:05

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This is bad, very bad. The DB Police will be around shortly. Yes your correct this is bad pratice and has huge Data Protection issues. – t1nt1n Aug 12 '13 at 13:13
Run Forrest! Run like the wind! – Tom O'Connor Aug 12 '13 at 13:19
Do YOU care that your mssql db is seen now by the rest of the clients? When you see the smoke are you going to wait until the fire? – TheCleaner Aug 12 '13 at 13:26
@EEAA and in said popular movie, Forrest is a disabled and completely clueless guy. Who am I in his analogy? 3 out of 5 responses have been a heavily sarcastic take at my apparent (yet non-existent) paranoia - all I asked was "Is this bad practice?". There's much better ways of dealing with novice off-topic questions. Looking at the meta it appears that you guys have been concerned about site health, maybe try being friendlier as that'd encourage me to come back when I have some legitimate and advanced questions. – andrewb Aug 13 '13 at 7:24
That wasn't mocking, that was British Humour. – Tom O'Connor Aug 13 '13 at 8:18
up vote 4 down vote accepted

This is an unavoidable artifact of being on shared web hosting: The resources are shared between clients without much isolation.

If it's of particular concern to you, for privacy or other reasons, you should not use shared web hosting.

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No other shared host I've been on let me see every single database on the system. Sounds like a configuration issue – TheLQ Aug 14 '13 at 13:17
@TheLQ Ever used Microsoft SQL Server? – Michael Hampton Aug 14 '13 at 13:18

Yes, and the hosting provider is bad and they should feel bad. Run away!

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