April 20, 2014

Percona Server on the Raspberry Pi: Your own MySQL Database Server for Under $80

There are many reasons for wanting a small MySQL database server: You’re a uni student who wants to learn the SQL language better and needs a mini-testbox You’re a Windows user who wants to play around with Percona Server on Linux You’re a corporate application developer who wants a small SQL development & test box […]

CVE-2012-4414 strikes back in MySQL 5.5.29 (and what we’re doing in Percona Server 5.5.29)

In preparing Percona Server 5.5.29 (not yet released, but soon), I filed MySQL bug 68045 (is marked private as it’s a security bug). This bug is in relation to the Oracle fix for CVE-2012-4414 and a problem I found with it. The MariaDB fix (which we incorporated into Percona Server 5.5.28-29.3) is not affected. When the […]

Profiling MySQL Memory Usage With Valgrind Massif

There are times where you need to know exactly how much memory the mysqld server (or any other program) is using, where (i.e. for what function) it was allocated, how it got there (a backtrace, please!), and at what point in time the allocation happened. For example; you may have noticed a sharp memory increase […]

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 […]

NO Security vulnerability in Percona Server / XtraDB Cluster provided binaries

Many of you heard of this nasty security vulnerability in MySQL, and as we are getting a lot of inquiries how does it affect Percona Server, I decided to address it in this post. The issue exists in the source code of MySQL 5.5.23 or earlier and MySQL 5.1.62 or earlier. The same is true […]

Troubleshooting MySQL Upgrade Performance Regressions

So lets say you upgraded from MySQL 5.1 to Percona Server 5.5 and instead of expected performance improvement you see your performance being worse. What should you do ? First if you followed MySQL upgrade best practices such as testing your workload with pt-upgrade the chances of this happening are rather slim. But lets assume […]

Announcing PAM authentication plugin for MySQL (early access release)

We are pleased to announce availability of an early access version of Percona’s PAM Authentication plugin for MySQL. This plugin supports MySQL-5.5.x, Percona Server 5.5.x and MariaDB 5.2.x. The PAM Authentication plugin can be used for: MySQL authentication using operating system users (pam_unix) MySQL authentication from LDAP server (pam_ldap) authentication against RSA SecurID server any […]

Product to try: MySQL/MariaDB-Galera 0.8

I wrote about Galera about 1.5 years ago: State of the art: Galera – synchronous replication for InnoDB. It was about the 0.7 release, which was more like a proof-of-concept release (though Galera’s developers may not agree with that ) with some serious limitations (like using mysqldump for node propagation). The Galera team heard my […]

Percona Server and XtraBackup for MacOS – experimental binaries

We see demand on MacOS binaries and decided to prepare binaries you can download and use. The are marked as “experimental”, as we do not have big history of using MacOS in production, so we are looking for your feedback and bug reports. Binaries: Percona Server 5.5 : http://www.percona.com/downloads/TESTING/Percona-Server-55/Percona-Server-5.5.11-20.2/release-5.5.11-20.2/114/MacOSX/ Percona Server 5.1: http://www.percona.com/downloads/TESTING/Percona-Server-51/Percona-Server-5.1.56-12.7/release-5.1.56-12.7/226/MacOSX/ Percona XtraBackup: […]

Stripped MySQL builds, the optimization that isn’t

I usually tell people to use official MySQL builds from MySQL, or from their operating system distribution if they don’t want to do that. (This assumes that there is no compelling reason to use third-party builds such as Percona’s.) Sometimes, though, people want to create their own builds, or use a build that is “optimized” […]