E.163. Release 8.3.20
Release date: 2012-08-17
This release contains a variety of fixes from 8.3.19. For information about new features in the 8.3 major release, see Section E.183 .
The PostgreSQL community will stop releasing updates for the 8.3.X release series in February 2013. Users are encouraged to update to a newer release branch soon.
E.163.1. Migration to Version 8.3.20
A dump/restore is not required for those running 8.3.X.
However, if you are upgrading from a version earlier than 8.3.17, see Section E.166 .
Prevent access to external files/URLs via XML entity references (Noah Misch, Tom Lane)
xml_parse()would attempt to fetch external files or URLs as needed to resolve DTD and entity references in an XML value, thus allowing unprivileged database users to attempt to fetch data with the privileges of the database server. While the external data wouldn't get returned directly to the user, portions of it could be exposed in error messages if the data didn't parse as valid XML; and in any case the mere ability to check existence of a file might be useful to an attacker. (CVE-2012-3489)
Prevent access to external files/URLs via
libxslt offers the ability to read and write both files and URLs through stylesheet commands, thus allowing unprivileged database users to both read and write data with the privileges of the database server. Disable that through proper use of libxslt 's security options. (CVE-2012-3488)
xslt_process()'s ability to fetch documents and stylesheets from external files/URLs. While this was a documented " feature " , it was long regarded as a bad idea. The fix for CVE-2012-3489 broke that capability, and rather than expend effort on trying to fix it, we're just going to summarily remove it.
Prevent too-early recycling of btree index pages (Noah Misch)
When we allowed read-only transactions to skip assigning XIDs, we introduced the possibility that a deleted btree page could be recycled while a read-only transaction was still in flight to it. This would result in incorrect index search results. The probability of such an error occurring in the field seems very low because of the timing requirements, but nonetheless it should be fixed.
Fix crash-safety bug with newly-created-or-reset sequences (Tom Lane)
ALTER SEQUENCEwas executed on a freshly created or reset sequence, and then precisely one
nextval()call was made on it, and then the server crashed, WAL replay would restore the sequence to a state in which it appeared that no
nextval()had been done, thus allowing the first sequence value to be returned again by the next
nextval()call. In particular this could manifest for
serialcolumns, since creation of a serial column's sequence includes an
ALTER SEQUENCE OWNED BYstep.
backup_labelfile is fsync'd after
Back-patch 9.1 improvement to compress the fsync request queue (Robert Haas)
This improves performance during checkpoints. The 9.1 change has now seen enough field testing to seem safe to back-patch.
Only allow autovacuum to be auto-canceled by a directly blocked process (Tom Lane)
The original coding could allow inconsistent behavior in some cases; in particular, an autovacuum could get canceled after less than
Improve logging of autovacuum cancels (Robert Haas)
Fix log collector so that
log_truncate_on_rotationworks during the very first log rotation after server start (Tom Lane)
Ensure that a whole-row reference to a subquery doesn't include any extra
ORDER BYcolumns (Tom Lane)
Disallow copying whole-row references in
CHECKconstraints and index definitions during
CREATE TABLE(Tom Lane)
This situation can arise in
INHERITS. The copied whole-row variable was incorrectly labeled with the row type of the original table not the new one. Rejecting the case seems reasonable for
LIKE, since the row types might well diverge later. For
INHERITSwe should ideally allow it, with an implicit coercion to the parent table's row type; but that will require more work than seems safe to back-patch.
Fix memory leak in
ARRAY(SELECT ...)subqueries (Heikki Linnakangas, Tom Lane)
Fix extraction of common prefixes from regular expressions (Tom Lane)
The code could get confused by quantified parenthesized subexpressions, such as
^(foo)?bar. This would lead to incorrect index optimization of searches for such patterns.
Report errors properly in
Update time zone data files to tzdata release 2012e for DST law changes in Morocco and Tokelau