Understanding Authenticators in MaxScale

In MariaDB MaxScale, authenticators perform the following tasks:

  • Authenticating clients that connect to MaxScale

  • Authenticating connections to back-end MariaDB servers

  • Deciding how authentication should be performed

Authenticators Supported by MaxScale

MaxScale supports different authenticators that correspond to different MariaDB Server authentication plugins


MariaDB Server Authentication Plugin

Native Authenticator


GSSAPI Authenticator


PAM Authenticator

pam / pam (v1)