A few days ago Sergei Golubchik of Monty Program sent an e-mail to the Open Source Security mailing list informing about a security vulnerability in MySQL authentication system. Under certain circumstances a remote attacker may easily gain access to MySQL database as any user and all they need to know is a valid user name (e.g. root user exists in nearly all installations). The problem has only been addressed in the most recent database versions.
The full details are covered in Sergei’s post linked above. Not all MySQL releases are affected as the cause appears to be related to the build environment and the options used in the binary build process. For instance binaries distributed by Oracle appear to be safe as well as those available from RedHat’s repository.
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