Security Around MySQL

Danil Zburivsky (The Pythian Group)
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In this talk we’ll look at the different ways to compromise MySQL security in typical deployment scenarios through vulnerabilities in the underlying hardware, the operating system, applications, and the network. We will not be focusing just on security from hackers, but from internal sources as well who may be intending to steal data.

Some of these methods include:

  • using memory dumps/straces to extract encryption keys/encrypted disk data
  • using DRAC/RSA cards to gain access to secure servers
  • gathering passwords at the switch layer.

We’ll also discuss ways to prevent these attacks on the MySQL data including:

  • encryption both at the network and disk level
  • advanced access controls including AppArmor and SELINUX
  • network security
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Danil Zburivsky

The Pythian Group

Originally from Ukraine, Danil has been working with different RDBMS since early years in the university. Received Master’s Degree in Applied Math at the Donetsk National University in Ukraine where he also worked part time as a database developer for an accounting system.
Danil got the taste for MySQL while working as a DBA for Sonopia Corp, where he participated in database design and support for social mobile network application. Currently helping people all over the world to solve problems with their MySQL systems as Team Lead at Pythian (, a leading global database and application infrastructure services company.

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