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Security update for mysql


(Last modified: 29SEP2003)

solutions Security update for mysql SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (099b0bacfc952fdfc583729a29a2f369)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Standard Server 8
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for x86
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IPF
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD64
SuSE Linux Openexchange Server 4

Package: mysql
Release: 20030929
Obsoletes: none


This update should be installed on all systems that run a mysql

Problem description

A buffer overflow has been found in mysql database. The routine responsible for password checking can overflow a buffer if a "Password" field has a value wider than 16 characters.
This buffer overflow can result in the mysql server executing arbitrary code with the privileges of the mysql user for an attacker who has global administrative privileges. The bug affects the mysql database server only, the other mysql subpackages (mysql-client, mysql-shared, mysql-devel) are unaffected.
After installing this update package, the mysql server daemon has to be restarted for the changes to take effect. To do so, please run the following command as root:
rcmysql restart


Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.

Installation notes

This update is provided as an RPM package that can easily be installed onto a running system by using this command:
rpm -Fvh mysql.rpm
After successful installation of this update, please restart your mysql database using the command
rcmysql restart
as root.

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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