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E.3. Release 9.4.12

Release date: 2017-05-11

This release contains a variety of fixes from 9.4.11. For information about new features in the 9.4 major release, see Section E.15.

E.3.1. Migration to Version 9.4.12

A dump/restore is not required for those running 9.4.X.

However, if you use foreign data servers that make use of user passwords for authentication, see the first changelog entry below.

Also, if you are using third-party replication tools that depend on "logical decoding", see the fourth changelog entry below.

Also, if you are upgrading from a version earlier than 9.4.11, see Section E.4.

E.3.2. Changes

  • Restrict visibility of pg_user_mappings.umoptions, to protect passwords stored as user mapping options (Michael Paquier, Feike Steenbergen)

    The previous coding allowed the owner of a foreign server object, or anyone he has granted server USAGE permission to, to see the options for all user mappings associated with that server. This might well include passwords for other users. Adjust the view definition to match the behavior of information_schema.user_mapping_options, namely that these options are visible to the user being mapped, or if the mapping is for PUBLIC and the current user is the server owner, or if the current user is a superuser. (CVE-2017-7486)

    By itself, this patch will only fix the behavior in newly initdb'd databases. If you wish to apply this change in an existing database, follow the corrected procedure shown in the changelog entry for CVE-2017-7547, in Section E.2.

  • Prevent exposure of statistical information via leaky operators (Peter Eisentraut)

    Some selectivity estimation functions in the planner will apply user-defined operators to values obtained from pg_statistic, such as most common values and histogram entries. This occurs before table permissions are checked, so a nefarious user could exploit the behavior to obtain these values for table columns he does not have permission to read. To fix, fall back to a default estimate if the operator's implementation function is not certified leak-proof and the calling user does not have permission to read the table column whose statistics are needed. At least one of these criteria is satisfied in most cases in practice. (CVE-2017-7484)

  • Restore libpq's recognition of the PGREQUIRESSL environment variable (Daniel Gustafsson)

    Processing of this environment variable was unintentionally dropped in PostgreSQL 9.3, but its documentation remained. This creates a security hazard, since users might be relying on the environment variable to force SSL-encrypted connections, but that would no longer be guaranteed. Restore handling of the variable, but give it lower priority than PGSSLMODE, to avoid breaking configurations that work correctly with post-9.3 code. (CVE-2017-7485)

  • Fix possibly-invalid initial snapshot during logical decoding (Petr Jelinek, Andres Freund)

    The initial snapshot created for a logical decoding replication slot was potentially incorrect. This could cause third-party tools that use logical decoding to copy incomplete/inconsistent initial data. This was more likely to happen if the source server was busy at the time of slot creation, or if another logical slot already existed.

    If you are using a replication tool that depends on logical decoding, and it should have copied a nonempty data set at the start of replication, it is advisable to recreate the replica after installing this update, or to verify its contents against the source server.

  • Fix possible corruption of "init forks" of unlogged indexes (Robert Haas, Michael Paquier)

    This could result in an unlogged index being set to an invalid state after a crash and restart. Such a problem would persist until the index was dropped and rebuilt.

  • Fix incorrect reconstruction of pg_subtrans entries when a standby server replays a prepared but uncommitted two-phase transaction (Tom Lane)

    In most cases this turned out to have no visible ill effects, but in corner cases it could result in circular references in pg_subtrans, potentially causing infinite loops in queries that examine rows modified by the two-phase transaction.

  • Avoid possible crash in walsender due to failure to initialize a string buffer (Stas Kelvich, Fujii Masao)

  • Fix postmaster's handling of fork() failure for a background worker process (Tom Lane)

    Previously, the postmaster updated portions of its state as though the process had been launched successfully, resulting in subsequent confusion.

  • Ensure parsing of queries in extension scripts sees the results of immediately-preceding DDL (Julien Rouhaud, Tom Lane)

    Due to lack of a cache flush step between commands in an extension script file, non-utility queries might not see the effects of an immediately preceding catalog change, such as ALTER TABLE ... RENAME.

  • Skip tablespace privilege checks when ALTER TABLE ... ALTER COLUMN TYPE rebuilds an existing index (Noah Misch)

    The command failed if the calling user did not currently have CREATE privilege for the tablespace containing the index. That behavior seems unhelpful, so skip the check, allowing the index to be rebuilt where it is.

  • Fix ALTER TABLE ... VALIDATE CONSTRAINT to not recurse to child tables when the constraint is marked NO INHERIT (Amit Langote)

    This fix prevents unwanted "constraint does not exist" failures when no matching constraint is present in the child tables.

  • Fix VACUUM to account properly for pages that could not be scanned due to conflicting page pins (Andrew Gierth)

    This tended to lead to underestimation of the number of tuples in the table. In the worst case of a small heavily-contended table, VACUUM could incorrectly report that the table contained no tuples, leading to very bad planning choices.

  • Ensure that bulk-tuple-transfer loops within a hash join are interruptible by query cancel requests (Tom Lane, Thomas Munro)

  • Fix integer-overflow problems in interval comparison (Kyotaro Horiguchi, Tom Lane)

    The comparison operators for type interval could yield wrong answers for intervals larger than about 296000 years. Indexes on columns containing such large values should be reindexed, since they may be corrupt.

  • Fix cursor_to_xml() to produce valid output with tableforest = false (Thomas Munro, Peter Eisentraut)

    Previously it failed to produce a wrapping <table> element.

  • Fix roundoff problems in float8_timestamptz() and make_interval() (Tom Lane)

    These functions truncated, rather than rounded, when converting a floating-point value to integer microseconds; that could cause unexpectedly off-by-one results.

  • Improve performance of pg_timezone_names view (Tom Lane, David Rowley)

  • Reduce memory management overhead for contexts containing many large blocks (Tom Lane)

  • Fix sloppy handling of corner-case errors from lseek() and close() (Tom Lane)

    Neither of these system calls are likely to fail in typical situations, but if they did, fd.c could get quite confused.

  • Fix incorrect check for whether postmaster is running as a Windows service (Michael Paquier)

    This could result in attempting to write to the event log when that isn't accessible, so that no logging happens at all.

  • Fix ecpg to support COMMIT PREPARED and ROLLBACK PREPARED (Masahiko Sawada)

  • Fix a double-free error when processing dollar-quoted string literals in ecpg (Michael Meskes)

  • In pg_dump, fix incorrect schema and owner marking for comments and security labels of some types of database objects (Giuseppe Broccolo, Tom Lane)

    In simple cases this caused no ill effects; but for example, a schema-selective restore might omit comments it should include, because they were not marked as belonging to the schema of their associated object.

  • Avoid emitting an invalid list file in pg_restore -l when SQL object names contain newlines (Tom Lane)

    Replace newlines by spaces, which is sufficient to make the output valid for pg_restore -L's purposes.

  • Fix pg_upgrade to transfer comments and security labels attached to "large objects" (blobs) (Stephen Frost)

    Previously, blobs were correctly transferred to the new database, but any comments or security labels attached to them were lost.

  • Improve error handling in contrib/adminpack's pg_file_write() function (Noah Misch)

    Notably, it failed to detect errors reported by fclose().

  • In contrib/dblink, avoid leaking the previous unnamed connection when establishing a new unnamed connection (Joe Conway)

  • Fix contrib/pg_trgm's extraction of trigrams from regular expressions (Tom Lane)

    In some cases it would produce a broken data structure that could never match anything, leading to GIN or GiST indexscans that use a trigram index not finding any matches to the regular expression.

  • In contrib/postgres_fdw, transmit query cancellation requests to the remote server (Michael Paquier, Etsuro Fujita)

    Previously, a local query cancellation request did not cause an already-sent remote query to terminate early. This is a back-patch of work originally done for 9.6.

  • Support OpenSSL 1.1.0 (Heikki Linnakangas, Andreas Karlsson, Tom Lane)

    This is a back-patch of work previously done in newer branches; it's needed since many platforms are adopting newer OpenSSL versions.

  • Support Tcl 8.6 in MSVC builds (Álvaro Herrera)

  • Sync our copy of the timezone library with IANA release tzcode2017b (Tom Lane)

    This fixes a bug affecting some DST transitions in January 2038.

  • Update time zone data files to tzdata release 2017b for DST law changes in Chile, Haiti, and Mongolia, plus historical corrections for Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Liberia, and Spain. Switch to numeric abbreviations for numerous time zones in South America, the Pacific and Indian oceans, and some Asian and Middle Eastern countries.

    The IANA time zone database previously provided textual abbreviations for all time zones, sometimes making up abbreviations that have little or no currency among the local population. They are in process of reversing that policy in favor of using numeric UTC offsets in zones where there is no evidence of real-world use of an English abbreviation. At least for the time being, PostgreSQL will continue to accept such removed abbreviations for timestamp input. But they will not be shown in the pg_timezone_names view nor used for output.

  • Use correct daylight-savings rules for POSIX-style time zone names in MSVC builds (David Rowley)

    The Microsoft MSVC build scripts neglected to install the posixrules file in the timezone directory tree. This resulted in the timezone code falling back to its built-in rule about what DST behavior to assume for a POSIX-style time zone name. For historical reasons that still corresponds to the DST rules the USA was using before 2007 (i.e., change on first Sunday in April and last Sunday in October). With this fix, a POSIX-style zone name will use the current and historical DST transition dates of the US/Eastern zone. If you don't want that, remove the posixrules file, or replace it with a copy of some other zone file (see Section 8.5.3). Note that due to caching, you may need to restart the server to get such changes to take effect.

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