This information about Computer Security is for advanced IT users. MySQL security setup is the responsibility of your practice or IT, although we recommend contacting Open Dental Support for assistance implementing any changes.
MySQL is the database server where all the data tables are stored.
MySQL is only as vulnerable as your local network security allows. It is not secure to expose the MySQL service to the internet (World Wide Web). Do not open the MySQL port (default is port 3306) on your routers and do not allow incoming traffic for that port. You can open this port as a Firewall exception rule on your servers but NOT on your routers. In simple terms, this means do not open the database to the entire internet, even if you think you are verifying the source IP address: it is not sufficient as IP addresses can be spoofed.
MySQL user names and passwords are a secondary level of security. To access an Open Dental database, you must use a MySQL user and can require a password.
Small offices (users on small closed networks): It is up to you to decide whether or not to set MySQL passwords. We recommend that you do. If someone has access to the data on your server then MySQL passwords do not provide additional protection. Therefore some users may choose to not set MySQL passwords.
Large enterprises should use MySQL users and passwords and create institutional safeguards against losing the password.
For new installations, the Trial Installer will prompt for the creation of a MySQL username and password.
Enter the information as desired, or click Do this later to leave blank.
If you are using an older installation, or you have clicked Do this later and would like to start using a MySQL password, follow the steps below:
In the MySQL command line client, or in User Query in Open Dental from any workstation, run this query to get a list of current users, hosts, and passwords.
SELECT USER, HOST, PASSWORD FROM mysql.user;
A default installation will have 5 users already set up.
SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('new_password');
SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'127.0.0.1' = PASSWORD('new_password');
SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'::1' = PASSWORD('new_password');
SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'%' = PASSWORD('new_password');
SET PASSWORD FOR ''@'localhost' = PASSWORD('new_password');
IMPORTANT: root@% is a completely different than root@localhost. You must change the passwords for both to secure the database from root on all computers.
Consult the MySQL website for details about each user.
By default, root@localhost has global access for MySQL and all privileges are enabled.
After making password changes in MySQL, the Open Dental workstations will no longer have access to the database.
The password you enter into the MySQL Configuration window on each computer is stored as obfuscated text in the FreeDentalConfig.xml.
If you plan on hosting multiple customers on the same database server, see Multi-tenant Hosting for isolation information.
You may need to work from particular devices or IP address ranges for multi-tenant installations or if you have complex networks where some segments should not have access. Open Dental does not provide advice or direct support on setting up usernames for particular devices or network segments. For multi-tenant installations, consult an IT professional. For complex networks, consult an IT professional, or for even more security use the Middle Tier. Information about setting up usernames for specific devices or network segments is available at http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.5/en/account-names.html. Open Dental works fine as long as the specified MySQL user has the correct (full) permission set.
There are two MySQL users that may be specified: a regular user and a user with lower privileges.
When users connect from the client computers, they will never see or have access to the users that you set up in this file. They will be connecting using an Open Dental username and password. See Choose Database for an example.
If workstations have trouble connecting, it may be a Firewall issue. If you can't get past the Choose Database window, then it's a firewall issue. You may need to create an exception to allow Port 3306. See Open Port 3306. If you've turned off all firewalls on the server and are still stuck at the Choose Database window, see Troubleshooting.
Users and password: If you change passwords and it no longer works, carefully retrace your steps to make sure the new user has all privileges and access to the opendental database. Be aware of the difference between user@% and user@localhost. Double check the privileges and then try again.