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MySQL 5.1 Release Notes  /  Changes in MySQL 5.1.11 (2006-05-26)

Changes in MySQL 5.1.11 (2006-05-26)

This is a new Beta development release, fixing recently discovered bugs.

This section documents all changes and bug fixes that have been applied since the last official MySQL release. If you would like to receive more fine-grained and personalized update alerts about fixes that are relevant to the version and features you use, please consider subscribing to MySQL Enterprise (a commercial MySQL offering). For more details, please see (

Functionality Added or Changed

  • Incompatible Change: The Event Scheduler can now be in one of three states (on, off, or the new suspended state). In addition, due to the fact that SET GLOBAL event_scheduler; now acts in a synchronous rather than asynchronous manner, the Event Scheduler thread can be no longer be activated or deactivated at run time.

    For more information regarding these changes, see Event Scheduler Overview. (Bug #17619)

  • MySQL Cluster: The limit of 2048 ordered indexes per cluster has been lifted. There is now no upper limit on the number of ordered indexes (including AUTO_INCREMENT columns) that may be used. (Bug #14509)

  • Added the log_queries_not_using_indexes system variable. (Bug #19616)

  • Added the ssl_ca, ssl_capath, ssl_cert, ssl_cipher, and ssl_key system variables, which display the values given using the corresponding command options. See SSL Command Options. (Bug #19606)

  • The ENABLE KEYS and DISABLE KEYS clauses for the ALTER TABLE statement are now supported for partitioned tables. (Bug #19502)

  • Added the --ssl-verify-server-cert option to MySQL client programs. This option causes the server's Common Name value in its certificate to be verified against the host name used when connecting to the server, and the connection is rejected if there is a mismatch. Added MYSQL_OPT_SSL_VERIFY_SERVER_CERT option for the mysql_options() C API function to enable this verification. This feature can be used to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks. Verification is disabled by default. (Bug #17208)

  • The default for the innodb_thread_concurrency system variable was changed to 8. (Bug #15868)

  • It is now possible to use NEW.var_name values within triggers as INOUT parameters to stored procedures. (Bug #14635)

  • Added the --angel-pid-file option to mysqlmanager for specifying the file in which the angel process records its process ID when mysqlmanager runs in daemon mode. (Bug #14106)

  • Previously, to build MySQL from source with SSL support enabled, you would invoke configure with either the --with-openssl or --with-yassl option. Those options both have been replaced by the --with-ssl option. By default, --with-ssl causes the bundled yaSSL library to be used. To select OpenSSL instead, give the option as --with-ssl=path , where path is the directory where the OpenSSL header files and libraries are located.

  • mysql_explain_log (a third-party program) is no longer included in MySQL distributions.

  • The mysql_get_ssl_cipher() C API function was added.

Bugs Fixed

  • Security Fix: An SQL-injection security hole has been found in multibyte encoding processing. The bug was in the server, incorrectly parsing the string escaped with the mysql_real_escape_string() C API function.

    This vulnerability was discovered and reported by Josh Berkus and Tom Lane as part of the inter-project security collaboration of the OSDB consortium. For more information about SQL injection, please see the following text.

    Discussion. An SQL injection security hole has been found in multibyte encoding processing. An SQL injection security hole can include a situation whereby when a user supplied data to be inserted into a database, the user might inject SQL statements into the data that the server will execute. With regards to this vulnerability, when character set-unaware escaping is used (for example, addslashes() in PHP), it is possible to bypass the escaping in some multibyte character sets (for example, SJIS, BIG5 and GBK). As a result, a function such as addslashes() is not able to prevent SQL-injection attacks. It is impossible to fix this on the server side. The best solution is for applications to use character set-aware escaping offered by a function such mysql_real_escape_string().

    However, a bug was detected in how the MySQL server parses the output of mysql_real_escape_string(). As a result, even when the character set-aware function mysql_real_escape_string() was used, SQL injection was possible. This bug has been fixed.

    Workarounds. If you are unable to upgrade MySQL to a version that includes the fix for the bug in mysql_real_escape_string() parsing, but run MySQL 5.0.1 or higher, you can use the NO_BACKSLASH_ESCAPES SQL mode as a workaround. (This mode was introduced in MySQL 5.0.1.) NO_BACKSLASH_ESCAPES enables an SQL standard compatibility mode, where backslash is not considered a special character. The result will be that queries will fail.

    To set this mode for the current connection, enter the following SQL statement:


    You can also set the mode globally for all clients:


    This SQL mode also can be enabled automatically when the server starts by using the command-line option --sql-mode=NO_BACKSLASH_ESCAPES or by setting sql-mode=NO_BACKSLASH_ESCAPES in the server option file (for example, my.cnf or my.ini, depending on your system). (Bug #8378, CVE-2006-2753)

    References: See also Bug #8303.

  • MySQL Cluster; Partitioning: SELECT MIN(unique_column) from a Cluster table with user-defined partitioning crashed the server. (Bug #18730)

  • MySQL Cluster; Replication: (Replication): Memory was not freed after some ALTER TABLE operations, which could cause mysqld processes to crash. (Bug #19885)

  • MySQL Cluster: Running ALL START in the NDB management client or restarting multiple nodes simultaneously could under some circumstances cause the cluster to crash. (Bug #19930)

  • MySQL Cluster: TRUNCATE TABLE failed on tables having BLOB or TEXT columns with the error Lock wait timeout exceeded.


    This issue affected both in-memory and Disk Data tables.

    (Bug #19201)

  • MySQL Cluster: ALTER TABLE ENGINE=... failed when used to change a MySQL Cluster table having no explicit primary key to use a different storage engine.


    As a consequence of this fix, SHOW CREATE TABLE no longer displays auto-partitioning information for NDBCLUSTER tables.

    (Bug #19010)

  • MySQL Cluster: Using stale mysqld .frm files could cause a newly restored cluster to fail. This situation could arise when restarting a MySQL Cluster using the --initial option while leaving connected mysqld processes running. (Bug #16875)

  • MySQL Cluster: A Cluster whose storage nodes were installed from the MySQL-ndb-storage-* RPMs could not perform CREATE or ALTER operations that made use of nondefault character sets or collations. (Bug #14918)

  • MySQL Cluster: Data node failures could cause excessive CPU usage by ndb_mgmd. (Bug #13987)

  • Replication: The embedded server crashed with row-based replication enabled. (Bug #18518)

  • Cluster Replication: mysqld processes did not always detect cluster shutdown, leading to issues with Cluster replication and schema distribution. (Bug #19395)

  • Cluster API: On big-endian platforms, NdbOperation::write_attr() did not update 32-bit fields correctly. (Bug #19537)

  • Cluster API: The Ndb::dropEventOperation() method failed to clean up all objects used, which could cause memory leaks to occur. (Bug #17610)

  • The Data_free column in the output of SHOW TABLE STATUS always displayed 0 for partitioned tables. (Bug #19501)

  • Altering a VARCHAR column in a MyISAM table to make it longer could cause corruption of the following column. (Bug #19386)

  • In was not possible to invoke a stored routine containing dynamic SQL from a scheduled event. (Bug #19264)

  • Adding an index to a table created using partitioning by KEY and the MEMORY storage engine caused the server to crash. (Bug #19140)

  • Use of uninitialized user variables in a subquery in the FROM clause resulted in invalid entries in the binary log. (Bug #19136)

  • A CREATE TABLE statement that created a table from a materialized view did not inherit default values from the underlying table. (Bug #19089)

  • Premature optimization of nested subqueries in the FROM clause that refer to aggregate functions could lead to incorrect results. (Bug #19077)

  • When creating a table using CREATE TABLE ... PARTITION BY ... SELECT ..., the partitioning clause was ignored. (Bug #19062)

  • For dates with 4-digit year parts less than 200, an implicit conversion to add a century was applied for date arithmetic performed with DATE_ADD(), DATE_SUB(), + INTERVAL, and - INTERVAL. (For example, DATE_ADD('0050-01-01 00:00:00', INTERVAL 0 SECOND) became '2050-01-01 00:00:00'.) Now these operations return NULL rather than an incorrect non-NULL value. (Bug #18997)

  • BLOB or TEXT arguments to or values returned from stored functions were not copied properly if too long and could become garbled. (Bug #18587)

  • The client libraries were not compiled for position-independent code on Solaris-SPARC and AMD x86_64 platforms. (Bug #18091, Bug #13159, Bug #14202)

  • Returning the value of a system variable from a stored function caused a server crash. (Bug #18037)

  • Revised memory allocation for local objects within stored functions and triggers to avoid memory leak for repeated function or trigger invocation. (Bug #17260)

  • Symlinking .mysql_history to /dev/null to suppress statement history saving by mysql did not work. (mysql deleted the symlink and recreated .mysql_history as a regular file, and then wrote history to it.) (Bug #16803)

  • IS_USED_LOCK() could return an incorrect connection identifier. (Bug #16501)

  • Simultaneous scheduled events whose actions conflicted with one another could crash the server. (Bug #16428)

  • Concurrent reading and writing of privilege structures could crash the server. (Bug #16372)

  • The server no longer uses a signal handler for signal 0 because it could cause a crash on some platforms. (Bug #15869)

  • EXPLAIN ... SELECT INTO caused the client to hang. (Bug #15463)

  • CREATE TABLE ... SELECT ... statements that used a stored function explicitly or implicitly (through a view) resulted in a Table not locked error. (Bug #15137, Bug #12472)

  • Display better error message for ALTER TABLE operations that will result in duplicate keys due to AUTO_INCREMENT resequencing. (Bug #14573)

  • The result from CONV() is a string, but was not always treated the same way as a string when converted to a real value for an arithmetic operation. (Bug #13975)

  • Within a trigger, SET statements used the SQL mode of the invoking statement, not the mode in effect at trigger creation time. (Bug #6951)

  • Corrected several problems with the treatment of the --log-error option by mysqld_safe. These problems were manifest as differences from mysqld in error log handling.

    • If a file name was given for --log-error, mysqld_safe ignored it and did not pass it to mysqld, which then wrote error information to stderr and resulted in incorrect log rotation when FLUSH LOGS was used.

    • mysql_safe now adds .err to the end of the file name if no extension is present (the same as mysqld).

    • mysqld_safe treated a relative path name as relative to its own current working directory. Now it treats a relative path name as relative to the data directory (the same as mysqld).

    In addition, some argument quoting problems were corrected. (Bug #6061)

  • mysqld_safe treated a relative path name as relative to its own current working directory. Now it treats a relative path name as relative to the data directory (the same as mysqld).

  • The patch for Bug #8303 broke the fix for Bug #8378 and was reverted.

    In string literals with an escape character (\) followed by a multibyte character that had (\) as its second byte, the literal was not interpreted correctly. Now only next byte now is escaped, and not the entire multibyte character. This means it is a strict reverse of the mysql_real_escape_string() function.

  • The basedir and tmpdir system variables could not be accessed using @@var_name syntax. (Bug #1039)

  • mysql_safe now adds .err to the end of the file name if no extension is present (the same as mysqld).

  • If a file name was given for --log-error, mysqld_safe ignored it and did not pass it to mysqld, which then wrote error information to stderr and resulted in incorrect log rotation when FLUSH LOGS was used.

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