USN-369-2: postgresql-8.1 vulnerabilities

1 November 2006

postgresql-8.1 vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 6.10

Software Description


USN-369-1 fixed three minor PostgreSQL 8.1 vulnerabilities for Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. This update provides the corresponding update for Ubuntu 6.10.

Original advisory details:

Michael Fuhr discovered an incorrect type check when handling unknown literals. By attempting to coerce such a literal to the ANYARRAY type, a local authenticated attacker could cause a server crash. (CVE-2006-5541)

Josh Drake and Alvaro Herrera reported a crash when using aggregate functions in UPDATE statements. A local authenticated attacker could exploit this to crash the server backend. This update disables this construct, since it is not very well defined and forbidden by the SQL standard. (CVE-2006-5540)

Sergey Koposov discovered a flaw in the duration logging. This could cause a server crash under certain circumstances. (CVE-2006-5542)

Please note that these flaws can usually not be exploited through web and other applications that use a database and are exposed to untrusted input, so these flaws do not pose a threat in usual setups.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 6.10
postgresql-8.1 - 8.1.4-7ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes.