Release Notes

PostgreSQL 9.2.24

E.1. Release 9.2.24

Release date: 2017-11-09

This release contains a variety of fixes from 9.2.23. For information about new features in the 9.2 major release, see Section E.25.

This is expected to be the last PostgreSQL release in the 9.2.X series. Users are encouraged to update to a newer release branch soon.

E.1.1. Migration to Version 9.2.24

A dump/restore is not required for those running 9.2.X.

However, if you are upgrading from a version earlier than 9.2.22, see Section E.3.

E.1.2. Changes

  • Fix sample server-start scripts to become $PGUSER before opening $PGLOG (Noah Misch)

    Previously, the postmaster log file was opened while still running as root. The database owner could therefore mount an attack against another system user by making $PGLOG be a symbolic link to some other file, which would then become corrupted by appending log messages.

    By default, these scripts are not installed anywhere. Users who have made use of them will need to manually recopy them, or apply the same changes to their modified versions. If the existing $PGLOG file is root-owned, it will need to be removed or renamed out of the way before restarting the server with the corrected script. (CVE-2017-12172)

  • Properly reject attempts to convert infinite float values to type numeric (Tom Lane, KaiGai Kohei)

    Previously the behavior was platform-dependent.

  • Fix corner-case crashes when columns have been added to the end of a view (Tom Lane)

  • Record proper dependencies when a view or rule contains FieldSelect or FieldStore expression nodes (Tom Lane)

    Lack of these dependencies could allow a column or data type DROP to go through when it ought to fail, thereby causing later uses of the view or rule to get errors. This patch does not do anything to protect existing views/rules, only ones created in the future.

  • Correctly detect hashability of range data types (Tom Lane)

    The planner mistakenly assumed that any range type could be hashed for use in hash joins or hash aggregation, but actually it must check whether the range's subtype has hash support. This does not affect any of the built-in range types, since they're all hashable anyway.

  • Fix low-probability loss of NOTIFY messages due to XID wraparound (Marko Tiikkaja, Tom Lane)

    If a session executed no queries, but merely listened for notifications, for more than 2 billion transactions, it started to miss some notifications from concurrently-committing transactions.

  • Prevent low-probability crash in processing of nested trigger firings (Tom Lane)

  • Correctly restore the umask setting when file creation fails in COPY or lo_export() (Peter Eisentraut)

  • Give a better error message for duplicate column names in ANALYZE (Nathan Bossart)

  • Fix libpq to not require user's home directory to exist (Tom Lane)

    In v10, failure to find the home directory while trying to read ~/.pgpass was treated as a hard error, but it should just cause that file to not be found. Both v10 and previous release branches made the same mistake when reading ~/.pg_service.conf, though this was less obvious since that file is not sought unless a service name is specified.

  • Fix libpq to guard against integer overflow in the row count of a PGresult (Michael Paquier)

  • Sync our copy of the timezone library with IANA release tzcode2017c (Tom Lane)

    This fixes various issues; the only one likely to be user-visible is that the default DST rules for a POSIX-style zone name, if no posixrules file exists in the timezone data directory, now match current US law rather than what it was a dozen years ago.

  • Update time zone data files to tzdata release 2017c for DST law changes in Fiji, Namibia, Northern Cyprus, Sudan, Tonga, and Turks & Caicos Islands, plus historical corrections for Alaska, Apia, Burma, Calcutta, Detroit, Ireland, Namibia, and Pago Pago.