USN-3078-1: MySQL vulnerability

13 September 2016

mysql-5.5, mysql-5.7 vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


MySQL could be made to run programs as an administrator.

Software Description

  • mysql-5.7 - MySQL database
  • mysql-5.5 - MySQL database


Dawid Golunski discovered that MySQL incorrectly handled configuration files. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

MySQL has been updated to 5.5.52 in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS has been updated to MySQL 5.7.15.

In addition to security fixes, the updated packages contain bug fixes, new features, and possibly incompatible changes.

Please see the following for more information:

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
mysql-server-5.7 - 5.7.15-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
mysql-server-5.5 - 5.5.52-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
mysql-server-5.5 - 5.5.52-0ubuntu0.12.04.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.