Just a quick post up here to help you out. I have a customer who is running their entire Magento operation on on AWS, using RDS as the database. It works quite well, actually.
I updated my server this morning, moving from Zend Server PHP 5.3 to 5.6 but when I did I got a really weird error. The server requested authentication method unknown to the client [mysql_old_password]
Chris Dale recently posted a horrifying article on his blog. It is called “Why it’s easy being a hacker – A SQL injection case study“. The most horrifying part of the post was that