USN-1658-1: MySQL vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1658-1

10th December, 2012

mysql-5.1, mysql-5.5, mysql-dfsg-5.1 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


MySQL could be made to run programs if it received specially crafted network traffic from an authenticated user.

Software description

  • mysql-5.1 - MySQL database
  • mysql-5.5 - MySQL database
  • mysql-dfsg-5.1 - MySQL database


It was discovered that MySQL incorrectly handled certain long arguments. A
remote authenticated attacker could use this issue to possibly execute
arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.10:
mysql-server-5.5 5.5.28-0ubuntu0.12.10.2
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
mysql-server-5.5 5.5.28-0ubuntu0.12.04.3
Ubuntu 11.10:
mysql-server-5.1 5.1.66-0ubuntu0.11.10.3
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
mysql-server-5.1 5.1.66-0ubuntu0.10.04.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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