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I've created my own private MySQL server instance on my WebFaction site.

Recently, I discovered a new product that can "Transparently encrypt, decrypt and access MySQL data in real-time (including data at rest)." See Gazzang's ezNcrypt application at...

http://blog.gazzang.com/out-of-the-box-data-security-for-mysql/

Could I install this application on my site to protect my private MySQL instance data?

They have videos on their site showing how easy it is to install from the tar zip file, but looking closely is seems that the are also logged in as the root user. They do offer a a 30-day free trial to test it out...

asked 24 Aug '11, 19:12

qplguy
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The only video I could find publicly for installation was:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J5YaLtcj7I

The installation in this video was specifically geared for Ubuntu and does seem to be heavily dependent on root access.

So, you should contact them to ask if they have any method to install the software in home directory and in your case specifically where MySQL is running on the non-standard port.

(24 Aug '11, 22:37) neeravk

Thanks, I just got this reply from Gazzang..

+++ Thank you for the inquiry. In theory using our ezNcrypt Flex product, you could protect your shared environment. However, our customers are typically on dedicated, vps or cloud based servers.

We would need to know some additional information:

  1. Where do you currently host?
  2. What Linux distro and kernel are you on?
  3. What virtualization environment do you use (Xen, VMware etc)?

Once we receive this information we can determine if we can support your environment. Look forward to hearing from you. +++

I know the answer to #1, but don't know the others.

Also, I did find these server requirements on their FAQ page...

* Linux kernel 2.6.19 and higher*
* Supported Linux Systems: CentOS, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora & openSUSE.
* MySQL Server 4.x or 5.x
* Ecryptfs module (bundled with supported kernels).
* Keyutils
* Ecryptfs-utils
* *Red Hat & CentOS can use 2.6.18-92 or higher.
(25 Aug '11, 12:22) qplguy

To your question, you do have to have "root" on the box to install ezNcrypt. So, for the "private MySQL instance" you are referring to, it COULD be protected with ezNcrypt, but the "host" server where your data lives is where the software would have to be installed. (as long as it met the basic system requirements) In this situation your hosting provider would need to install ezNcrypt. Alternatively, moving to a level of service where you control the Operating System would also be an option.

Regarding the installation video, it was made on Ubuntu, but many different Linux distributions are supported. You can see an updated list at http://gazzang.com/products/supported-platforms.

I hope this helps

Gazzang, Inc.

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answered 25 Aug '11, 12:21

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