This post is mainly for my own benefit since I lost track of the steps I followed to change the mysql default password in a Centos 7 environment.
I am going to assume that you can use yum to install the mysql-community sever just fine.
The default root password is actually stored in the mysql log.
Follow the steps below:
[abasu@localhost Documents]$ grep root@localhost /var/log/mysqld.log
2018-01-16T02:56:47.029538Z 1 [Note] A temporary password is generated for root@localhost: C9*=ntep#SPk
[abasu@localhost Documents]$ mysql -u root -p
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 8
Server version: 5.7.21
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Type ‘help;’ or ‘\h’ for help. Type ‘\c’ to clear the current input statement.
mysql> alter user ‘root’@’localhost’ identified by ‘Passw0rd!’;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.10 sec)
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