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sudo mysql_secure_installation

As I was following the tutorial on installing a LAMP server I got to this command:

sudo mysql_secure_installation

and when prompted for a New password it returns this error message:

New password:

Re-enter new password: … Failed! Error: SET PASSWORD has no significance for user ‘root’@‘localhost’ as the authentication method used doesn’t store authentication data in the MySQL server. Please consider using ALTER USER instead if you want to change authentication parameters.

Any ideas out there?


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KFSys
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June 7, 2023

Hey @jrmurchin,

That’s easily resolvable, don’t worry.

  1. Start the mysql client:
  1. sudo mysql
  1. Run the following SQL query:
ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'SetRootPasswordHere';
exit

Replace SetRootPasswordHere with your actual password. 5. Then run the following command to secure it:

sudo mysql_secure_installation
  1. When promoted for the password enter the whatever you set when you ran the above SQL query
  2. That is all.
Bobby Iliev
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June 7, 2023

Hi there,

You should be able to resolve this by following these steps:

  1. Start a new MySQL session:

    sudo mysql
    
  2. Run the following SQL query:

    ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'your-password-here';
    exit
    

    Note: change the your-password-here with an actual secure password

  3. Then run the mysql_secure_installation command again:

    sudo mysql_secure_installation
    
  4. When needed enter the your-password-here

Let me know how it goes!

Best,

Bobby

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