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Zend Framework: mysqlnd cannot connect to MySQL 4.1+ using the old insecure authentication

Setting a new project that uses Zend Framework in Zend Studio I ran into an issue trying to launch the app. I got an this error;

  Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'Zend_Db_Adapter_Exception' with message 'SQLSTATE[HY000] [2000] mysqlnd cannot connect to MySQL 4.1+ using the old insecure authentication. Please use an administration tool to reset your password with the command SET PASSWORD = PASSWORD('your_existing_password'). This will store a new, and more secure, hash value in mysql.user. If this user is used in other scripts executed by PHP 5.2 or earlier you might need to remove the old-passwords flag from your my.cnf file' in C:\wamp\frameworks\ZendFramework-1.7.8\library\Zend\Db\Adapter\Pdo\Abstract.php on line<em>143</em>    

It turns out, the version of Zend I am running is 1.7, which is coded against an earlier version of PHP and when i installed WAMP i installed the latest version which came with PHP 5.3 which uses a new “mysqlnd” driver, thus the error. I guess at this point the choice is either to install an older version of WAMP or to reset the password for the database user as suggested in the bug description.