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PostgreSQL 10 Administration Cookbook - Fourth Edition

By : Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli
Book Image

PostgreSQL 10 Administration Cookbook - Fourth Edition

By: Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli

Overview of this book

PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source database management system with an enviable reputation for high performance and stability. With many new features in its arsenal, PostgreSQL 10 allows users to scale up their PostgreSQL infrastructure. This book takes a step-by-step, recipe-based approach to effective PostgreSQL administration. Throughout this book, you will be introduced to these new features such as logical replication, native table partitioning, additional query parallelism, and much more. You will learn how to tackle a variety of problems that are basically the pain points for any database administrator - from creating tables to managing views, from improving performance to securing your database. More importantly, the book pays special attention to topics such as monitoring roles, backup, and recovery of your PostgreSQL 10 database, ensuring high availability, concurrency, and replication. By the end of this book, you will know everything you need to know to be the go-to PostgreSQL expert in your organization.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)

Changing your password securely

If you are using password authentication, then you may wish to change your password from time to time.

How to do it...

The most basic method is to use the psql tool. The \password command will prompt you once for a new password and again to confirm. Connect to the psql tool and type the following:


Enter a new password. This causes psql to send an SQL statement to the PostgreSQL server, which contains an already encrypted password string. An example of the SQL statement sent is as follows:

ALTER USER postgres PASSWORD 'md53175bce1d3201d16594cebf9d7eb3f9d';

Whatever you do, don't use postgres as your password. This will make you vulnerable to idle hackers, so make it a little more difficult than that!

Make sure you don't forget your password either. It may prove difficult to maintain your database if you can't get access to it later.

How it works...

As changing the password is just an SQL statement, any interface can do this. Other tools also allow this, such as the following:

  • pgAdmin4
  • phpPgAdmin

If you don't use one of the main routes to change the password, you can still do it yourself, using SQL from any interface. Note that you need to encrypt your password, because if you do submit a password in plain text, like the following, then it will be shipped to the server in plain text:

ALTER USER myuser PASSWORD 'secret'

Luckily, the password in this case will still be stored in an encrypted form. It will also be recorded in plain text in psql's history file, as well as in any server and application logs, depending on the actual log-level settings.

PostgreSQL doesn't enforce a password change cycle, so you may wish to use more advanced authentication mechanisms, such as GSSAPI, SSPI, LDAP, RADIUS, and so on.