6.2.4 Specifying Account Names
MySQL account names consist of a user name and a host name, which enables creation of distinct accounts for users with the same user name who can connect from different hosts. This section describes how to write account names, including special values and wildcard rules.
Account name syntax is
An account name consisting only of a user name is equivalent to
'. For example,
'me'is equivalent to
The user name and host name need not be quoted if they are legal as unquoted identifiers. Quotes are necessary to specify a
user_namestring containing special characters (such as space or
-), or a
host_namestring containing special characters or wildcard characters (such as
%). For example, in the account name
'test-user'@'%.com', both the user name and host name parts require quotes.
Quote user names and host names as identifiers or as strings, using either backticks (
`), single quotation marks (
'), or double quotation marks (
"). For string-quoting and identifier-quoting guidelines, see Section 9.1.1, “String Literals”, and Section 9.2, “Schema Object Names”.
MySQL stores account names in grant tables in the
mysql system database using separate columns for the user name and host name parts:
usertable contains one row for each account. The
Hostcolumns store the user name and host name. This table also indicates which global privileges the account has.
Other grant tables indicate privileges an account has for databases and objects within databases. These tables have
Hostcolumns to store the account name. Each row in these tables associates with the account in the
usertable that has the same
For access-checking purposes, comparisons of User values are case-sensitive. Comparisons of Host values are not case-sensitive.
For additional detail about the properties of user names and host names as stored in the grant tables, such as maximum length, see Grant Table Scope Column Properties.
User names and host names have certain special values or wildcard conventions, as described following.
The user name part of an account name is either a nonblank value that literally matches the user name for incoming connection attempts, or a blank value (empty string) that matches any user name. An account with a blank user name is an anonymous user. To specify an anonymous user in SQL statements, use a quoted empty user name part, such as
The host name part of an account name can take many forms, and wildcards are permitted:
A host value can be a host name or an IP address (IPv4 or IPv6). The name
'localhost'indicates the local host. The IP address
'127.0.0.1'indicates the IPv4 loopback interface. The IP address
'::1'indicates the IPv6 loopback interface.
_wildcard characters are permitted in host name or IP address values. These have the same meaning as for pattern-matching operations performed with the
LIKEoperator. For example, a host value of
'%'matches any host name, whereas a value of
'%.mysql.com'matches any host in the
'198.51.100.%'matches any host in the 198.51.100 class C network.
Because IP wildcard values are permitted in host values (for example,
'198.51.100.%'to match every host on a subnet), someone could try to exploit this capability by naming a host
198.51.100.somewhere.com. To foil such attempts, MySQL does not perform matching on host names that start with digits and a dot. For example, if a host is named
1.2.example.com, its name never matches the host part of account names. An IP wildcard value can match only IP addresses, not host names.
The syntax is
. For example:
CREATE USER 'david'@'198.51.100.0/255.255.255.0';
davidto connect from any client host having an IP address
client_ipfor which the following condition is true:
client_ip & netmask = host_ip
That is, for the
CREATE USERstatement just shown:
client_ip & 255.255.255.0 = 198.51.100.0
IP addresses that satisfy this condition range from
A netmask typically begins with bits set to 1, followed by bits set to 0. Examples:
188.8.131.52/255.0.0.0: Any host on the 198 class A network
198.51.100.0/255.255.0.0: Any host on the 198.51 class B network
198.51.100.0/255.255.255.0: Any host on the 198.51.100 class C network
198.51.100.1: Only the host with this specific IP address
The server performs matching of host values in account names against the client host using the value returned by the system DNS resolver for the client host name or IP address. Except in the case that the account host value is specified using netmask notation, the server performs this comparison as a string match, even for an account host value given as an IP address. This means that you should specify account host values in the same format used by DNS. Here are examples of problems to watch out for:
Suppose that a host on the local network has a fully qualified name of
host1.example.com. If DNS returns name lookups for this host as
host1.example.com, use that name in account host values. If DNS returns just
If DNS returns the IP address for a given host as
198.51.100.2, that will match an account host value of
198.051.100.2. Similarly, it will match an account host pattern like
To avoid problems like these, it is advisable to check the format in which your DNS returns host names and addresses. Use values in the same format in MySQL account names.