As of MySQL 5.7.17, MySQL Server includes a plugin library that enables administrators to introduce an increasing delay in server response to clients after a certain number of consecutive failed connection attempts. This capability provides a deterrent that slows down brute force attacks that attempt to access MySQL user accounts. The plugin library contains two plugins:
connection_controlchecks incoming connections and adds a delay to server responses as necessary. This plugin also exposes system variables that enable plugin operation to be configured and a status variable that provides rudimentary monitoring information.
connection_controlplugin uses the audit plugin interface (see Section 18.104.22.168, “Writing Audit Plugins”). To collect information, it subscribes to the
MYSQL_AUDIT_CONNECTION_CLASSMASKevent class, and processes
MYSQL_AUDIT_CONNECTION_CHANGE_USERsubevents to check whether the server should introduce a delay before responding to client connection attempts.
INFORMATION_SCHEMAtable that exposes more detailed monitoring information for failed connection attempts.
The following sections provide information about
connection-control plugin installation and configuration. For
information about the
Section 23.33.1, “The INFORMATION_SCHEMA CONNECTION_CONTROL_FAILED_LOGIN_ATTEMPTS Table”.