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MySQL UNIX socket authentication

It's not currently a default feature, but since MySQL 5.5.10 you can easily enable UNIX socket authentication.

Add the following to your MySQL config file:


Restart MySQL, then you'll be able to use IDENTIFIED WITH auth_socket as a replacement for IDENTIFIED BY 'password'.

Makes things easier for local installations for services running under a specific account, or for limiting access to the root account to the local root user.

© Alex Tomkins.