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2007-01-07 Cumulative Security Release

From: Josh Berkus <josh(at)postgresql(dot)org>
To: pgsql-announce(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: 2007-01-07 Cumulative Security Release
Date: 2008-01-07 16:11:36
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Today the PostgreSQL Global Development Group is releasing updated 
versions which patch five security vulnerabilities. These releases 
update all current PostgreSQL versions, including 8.2, 8.1, 8.0, 7.4 and 
7.3.  They are considered CRITICAL and PostgreSQL DBAs and sysadmins 
should install the update as soon as they reasonably can.  Our security 
team has made all efforts to make these patches backwards-compatible, 
and upgrading does not require converting your data files.

Please read the remainder of this message for further important details 
and announcements.

Details of Security Fixes
There are five security fixes included in this release.  None of these 
issues are known to have been exploited in the field; they were 
discovered through security analysis.

Index Functions Privilege Escalation (CVE-2007-6600): as a unique 
feature, PostgreSQL allows users to create indexes on the results of 
user-defined functions, known as "expression indexes".   This provided 
two vulnerabilities to privilege escalation: (1) index functions were 
executed as the superuser and not the table owner during VACUUM and 
permitted within index functions.  Both of these holes have now been 

Regular Expression Denial-of-Service (CVE-2007-4772, CVE-2007-6067, 
CVE-2007-4769): three separate issues in the regular expression 
libraries used by PostgreSQL allowed malicious users to initiate a 
denial-of-service by passing certain regular expressions in SQL queries. 
  First, users could create infinite loops using some specific regular 
expressions.  Second, certain complex regular expressions could consume 
excessive amounts of memory.  Third, out-of-range backref numbers could 
be used to crash the backend.  All of these issues have been patched.

DBLink Privilege Escalation (CVE-2007-6601): DBLink functions combined 
with local trust or ident authentication could be used by a malicious 
user to gain superuser privileges.  This issue has been fixed, and does 
not affect users who have not installed DBLink (an optional module), or 
who are using password authentication for local access.  This same 
problem was addressed in the previous release cycle (see CVE-2007-3278), 
but that patch failed to close all forms of the loophole.

EOL Notices
Minor release 7.3.21 for PostgreSQL version 7.3 will be the last update 
to the 7.3 branch.  As version 7.3 is now over five years old, the 
community will no longer release patches for it after today's release. 
Users of version 7.3 are encouraged to upgrade to a more current version 
as soon as possible, or to seek support from a commercial support vendor 
who is willing to continue backpatching for them.

8.1.11 and 8.0.15 are also the last 8.1 and 8.0 update releases for 
which the PostgreSQL community will produce binary packages for Windows. 
Windows users are encouraged to move to 8.2.6 or later, since there are 
Windows-specific fixes in 8.2 that are impractical to back-port.  8.1 
and 8.0 updates will continue to be supported on other platforms and in 
source form.

Download and Install
PostgreSQL minor releases 8.2.6, 8.1.11, 8.0.15, 7.4.19 and 7.3.21 are 
available through our FTP mirror network:

-- Source Code:
-- Binaries for some platforms:

If you need additional information on the included updates, it's 
available in our Release Notes 
(  These 
upgrades can be copied directly over existing PostgreSQL binaries and do 
not require dump-and-reload for any system which has been updated in the 
last six months (older versions may require some specific post-update 
steps; see the release notes).

As always, PostgreSQL update releases are cumulative.  All security 
fixes will be included in the upcoming version 8.3 release candidate. 
This notice will be posted to the PostgreSQL security page:

-- PostgreSQL Global Development Group


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