Database server name is strange! username@strangename


#1

Hi,

Let’s say I login to my database using phpmyadmin.
The username I use for the database is let’s say: admin55.

On the phpmyadmin page I see admin55@“someweirdname”.com

My dreamhost server’s name is marv. So what is that “weirdname” and why don’t I see admin55@marv for instance?

I wonder if my database server has been hacked?

Thanks!


#2

it’s just the reverse ip lookup that phpmyadmin does. it picks the first domain on your machine. you can safely ignore it. happens to everyone on your machine except for 1.


#3

Alright thanks, I was worried


#4

i was too, and that’s what DH support told me. they weren’t too fussed by it. then again, they aren’t too fussed with many issues that seem to indicate lax security


#5

This isn’t a security issue.


#6

cleartext passwords is


#7

I’m not sure whether it’s a result of moving to a new server or not, but phpMyAdmin is now showing me@server.dreamhost.com rather than some random user’s domain name.

Impressive! I’m glad that, even if it’s not a direct security issue, DH is hiding users from each other. Obscurity is not security, but it doesn’t hurt!

Great job!