Security Around MySQL

Danil Zburivsky (Pythian)
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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


Danil Zburivsky, Team Lead of Big Data Engineering at Pythian.
Danil has been working with databases and information systems since his early years in university, where
he received a Master’s Degree in Applied Math. Danil has 7 years of experience architecting, building and supporting large mission-critical data platforms using various flavours of MySQL, Hadoop and MongoDB. He is also the author of “Hadoop Cluster Deployment” book.
Besides databases Danil is interested in functional programming, machine learning and rock climbing.

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