July 24, 2014

MySQL Security Webinar: Follow-up Q&A

Thanks to everyone who attended last week’s webinar on MySQL security; hopefully you’ve all gone out and set SELinux to enforcing mode if you weren’t already running that way. If you weren’t able to attend, the recording and slides are available for viewing/download. But now, without further ado, here are the questions which we didn’t […]

MySQL Security: Armoring Your Dolphin

My colleague and teammate Ernie Souhrada will be presenting a webinar on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 10 a.m. PDT titled “MySQL Security: Armoring Your Dolphin.” This is a popular topic with news breaking routinely that yet another Internet company has leaked private data of one form or another. Ernie’s webinar will be a great […]

Percona response to recent MySQL security bugs

Recently there have been discussions on several vulnerabilities in MySQL and closely related projects such as MariaDB and Percona Server. Usually we have inherited security fixes from MySQL when we have updated Percona Server to be based off a new Oracle MySQL release. In this case however, Oracle has been incredibly quiet. We’ve been examining […]

Clarification on MySQL security vulnerability

Contrary to initial reports here and here, further investigation has revealed that under some specific and limited circumstances, Percona Server and Percona XtraDB Cluster binaries, similar to other MySQL variants, are susceptible to the security vulnerability in MySQL/MariaDB sql/password.c: 64bit Ubuntu Oneiric (11.10) binaries are vulnerable in Percona Server ONLY on some hardware/virtualization platforms (confirmed […]

MySQL 5.6 security vs ease of use

MySQL 5.6 surely changes the game when it comes to security vs ease of use. Before MySQL 5.6 we would get default MySQL installation being pretty insecure – the user “root” will be created with no password as well as anonymous user with limited access from local host (though still enough to cause DOS attack […]

Security fixes for MySQL 4.0 and 4.1

In Percona Server security fix releases I mentioned patches for MySQL 4.0 and 4.1. I am happy to announce that GoDaddy.com released patches for MySQL 4.0 and MySQL 4.1 under GPL license and you can get them from our Launchpad: for 4.0: lp:~percona-dev/percona-patches/4.0.30 ( or https://launchpad.net/~percona-dev/percona-patches/4.0.30 ) for 4.1: lp:~percona-dev/percona-patches/4.1.24 ( or https://launchpad.net/~percona-dev/percona-patches/4.1.24) Fixed bugs: […]

Systemtap solves phantom MySQLd SIGTERM / SIGKILL issue

The Percona Managed Services team recently faced a somewhat peculiar client issue. We’d receive pages about their MySQL service being unreachable. However, studying the logs showed nothing out of the ordinary…. for the most part it appeared to be a normal shutdown and there was nothing in anyone’s command history nor a cron task to speak […]

Using MySQL triggers and views in Amazon RDS

I recently had an opportunity to migrate a customer from a physical server into Amazon’s RDS environment. In this particular case the customers’ platform makes extensive use of MySQL triggers and views.  I came across two significant issues that prevented me from following Amazon’s documentation, which basically states “use mysqldump” but doesn’t call out a […]

How to avoid even more of the common (but deadly) MySQL development mistakes

On July 16 I’ll be presenting my next webinar focusing on common mistakes committed by MySQL users. How to Avoid Even More of the Common (but Deadly) MySQL Development Mistakes “Why can’t I just save my data to a file?” Using an SQL database seems so complex to get right, and for good reason. The […]

MySQL Backup Service from Percona

The Percona Backup Service managed service launched today. It ensures properly configured backups run successfully as scheduled on customer provided backup storage – whether on premise, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Backup issues or production data recovery are efficiently handled by Percona Managed Services technicians with deep knowledge of MySQL. As we state in […]