Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS : mysql-5.5, mysql-5.7 vulnerability (USN-3078-1)
Critical Nessus Plugin ID 93510
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionDawid Golunski discovered that MySQL incorrectly handled configuration files. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.
MySQL has been updated to 5.5.52 in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS has been updated to MySQL 5.7.15.
In addition to security fixes, the updated packages contain bug fixes, new features, and possibly incompatible changes.
Please see the following for more information:
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/relnotes/mysql/5.5/en/news-5-5-51.html http://dev.mysql.com/doc/relnotes/mysql/5.5/en/news-5-5-52.html http://dev.mysql.com/doc/relnotes/mysql/5.7/en/news-5-7-14.html http://dev.mysql.com/doc/relnotes/mysql/5.7/en/news-5-7-15.html
Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.
SolutionUpdate the affected mysql-server-5.5 and / or mysql-server-5.7 packages.