i need to install a mysql server on my windows machine to run a local database. does anyone know if this thing poses a vulnerability?
"...XAMPP is not meant for production use but only for developers in a development environment. XAMPP is configured is to be as open as possible and to allow the web developer anything he/she wants. For development environments this is great but in a production environment it could be fatal. "
Here a list of missing security in XAMPP:
* The MySQL administrator (root) has no password. * The MySQL daemon is accessible via network. * phpMyAdmin is accessible via network. * The XAMPP demopage is accessible via network. * The default users of Mercury and FileZilla are known.
Read this for more: http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html#1221
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