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Security update for PostgreSQL


(Last modified: 07JUN2005)

solutions Security update for PostgreSQL SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (8522a86bfa9ca66f0b82fb3eb0042bae)

Applies to

Package: postgresql
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for x86
SUSE CORE 9 for Itanium Processor Family
SUSE CORE 9 for IBM S/390 31bit
SUSE CORE 9 for IBM zSeries 64bit
SUSE CORE 9 for AMD64 and Intel EM64T
Novell Linux Desktop 9 for x86
Novell Linux Desktop 9 for x86_64
Open Enterprise Server
Patch: patch-10230
Release: 20050607
Obsoletes: none


Everyone using PostgreSQL should update.



Problem description

This update fixes the following security issues:
  • load arbitrary shared libraries and execute code via the LOAD extension (CAN-2005-0227)
  • bypass the EXECUTE permission check for functions by using the CREATE AGGREGATE command (CAN-2005-0244)
  • a heap based buffer overflow (CAN-2005-0245)
  • denial of service through intagg contrib module (CAN-2005-0246)
  • execute arbitrary code due to bugs in several SQL commands (CAN-2005-0247, CAN-2005-1409, CAN-2005-1410)
This update also fixes the following non-security issues:
  • A race condition that allowed a transaction to be seen as committed for some purposes (eg SELECT FOR UPDATE) slightly sooner than for other purposes


Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.

Installation notes

If you are running a PostgreSQL server please make sure that it is stopped or at least doesn't have any client connections during the update.
If you are running a PostgreSQL server please carefully follow the instructions in /usr/share/doc/packages/postgresql/SECURITY-NOTICE to complete this security update.
This update is provided as an RPM package that can easily be installed onto a running system by using this command:
rpm -Fvh postgresql.rpm postgresql-libs.rpm postgresql-server.rpm postgresql-docs.rpm postgresql-contrib.rpm postgresql-devel.rpm postgresql-pl.rpm

links to download packages

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Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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