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36. By Martin Pitt on 2014-07-29

* New upstream bug fix release: (LP: #1348176)
  - Various data integrity and other bug fixes.
  - Secure Unix-domain sockets of temporary postmasters started during make
     check.
     Any local user able to access the socket file could connect as the
     server's bootstrap superuser, then proceed to execute arbitrary code as
     the operating-system user running the test, as we previously noted in
     CVE-2014-0067. This change defends against that risk by placing the
     server's socket in a temporary, mode 0700 subdirectory of /tmp.
  - See release notes for details:
    http://www.postgresql.org/docs/current/static/release-8-4-22.html
* Drop pg_regress patch to run tests with socket in /tmp, obsolete with
  above upstream changes and not applicable any more.

35. By Martin Pitt on 2014-03-18

New upstream bug fix release. No security issues or major data loss fixes
this time, see release.html for details. (LP: #1294006)

34. By Martin Pitt on 2013-12-03

* New upstream bug fix release (LP: #1257211)
  - Fix "VACUUM"'s tests to see whether it can update relfrozenxid.
    In some cases "VACUUM" (either manual or autovacuum) could
    incorrectly advance a table's relfrozenxid value, allowing tuples
    to escape freezing, causing those rows to become invisible once
    2^31 transactions have elapsed. The probability of data loss is
    fairly low since multiple incorrect advancements would need to
    happen before actual loss occurs, but it's not zero. Users
    upgrading from release 8.4.8 or earlier are not affected, but all
    later versions contain the bug.
    The issue can be ameliorated by, after upgrading, vacuuming all
    tables in all databases while having vacuum_freeze_table_age set to
    zero. This will fix any latent corruption but will not be able to
    fix all pre-existing data errors. However, an installation can be
    presumed safe after performing this vacuuming if it has executed
    fewer than 2^31 update transactions in its lifetime (check this
    with SELECT txid_current() < 2^31).
  - See HISTORY/changelog.gz for details about bug fixes.

33. By Martin Pitt on 2013-10-09

New upstream bug fix release (LP: #1237248). No security issues or
critical issues this time; see HISTORY/changelog.gz for details about bug
fixes.

32. By Martin Pitt on 2012-12-10

* New upstream bug fix release: (LP: #1088393)
  - Fix multiple bugs associated with "CREATE INDEX CONCURRENTLY"
    Fix "CREATE INDEX CONCURRENTLY" to use in-place updates when
    changing the state of an index's pg_index row. This prevents race
    conditions that could cause concurrent sessions to miss updating
    the target index, thus resulting in corrupt concurrently-created
    indexes.
    Also, fix various other operations to ensure that they ignore
    invalid indexes resulting from a failed "CREATE INDEX CONCURRENTLY"
    command. The most important of these is "VACUUM", because an
    auto-vacuum could easily be launched on the table before corrective
    action can be taken to fix or remove the invalid index.
  - See HISTORY/changelog.gz for details about other bug fixes.

31. By Martin Pitt on 2012-10-12

debian/postgresql-8.4.preinst: Drop check for existing
/etc/init.d/postgresql-common, as this depends on the unpack order.
Instead bump the dependency on postgresql-common. (LP: #1058218)

30. By Martin Pitt on 2012-10-04

debian/postgresql-8.4.preinst: Do not only clean up the old -8.4 specific
init script when upgrading from << 8.4.4-2, as we have newer upstream
versions in lucid-updates. Instead, remove the version specific init
script if we have the versionless one from postgresql-common. This fixes
postgresql-8.4 not restarting after the upgrade. (LP: #1058218)

29. By Martin Pitt on 2012-10-01

* New upstream bug fix release: (LP: #1058218, #1055944)
  - Fix planner's assignment of executor parameters, and fix executor's
    rescan logic for CTE plan nodes.
    These errors could result in wrong answers from queries that scan
    the same WITH subquery multiple times.
  - Improve page-splitting decisions in GiST indexes.
    Multi-column GiST indexes might suffer unexpected bloat due to this
    error.
  - Fix cascading privilege revoke to stop if privileges are still held.
    If we revoke a grant option from some role "X", but "X" still holds
    that option via a grant from someone else, we should not
    recursively revoke the corresponding privilege from role(s) "Y"
    that "X" had granted it to.
  - Fix handling of SIGFPE when PL/Perl is in use.
    Perl resets the process's SIGFPE handler to SIG_IGN, which could
    result in crashes later on. Restore the normal Postgres signal
    handler after initializing PL/Perl.
  - Prevent PL/Perl from crashing if a recursive PL/Perl function is
    redefined while being executed.
  - Work around possible misoptimization in PL/Perl.
    Some Linux distributions contain an incorrect version of
    "pthread.h" that results in incorrect compiled code in PL/Perl,
    leading to crashes if a PL/Perl function calls another one that
    throws an error.

28. By Martin Pitt on 2012-02-25

* Urgency medium due to security fixes.
* New upstream bug fix/security release:
  - Require execute permission on the trigger function for "CREATE
    TRIGGER".
    This missing check could allow another user to execute a trigger
    function with forged input data, by installing it on a table he
    owns. This is only of significance for trigger functions marked
    SECURITY DEFINER, since otherwise trigger functions run as the
    table owner anyway. (CVE-2012-0866)
  - Remove arbitrary limitation on length of common name in SSL
    certificates.
    Both libpq and the server truncated the common name extracted from
    an SSL certificate at 32 bytes. Normally this would cause nothing
    worse than an unexpected verification failure, but there are some
    rather-implausible scenarios in which it might allow one
    certificate holder to impersonate another. The victim would have to
    have a common name exactly 32 bytes long, and the attacker would
    have to persuade a trusted CA to issue a certificate in which the
    common name has that string as a prefix. Impersonating a server
    would also require some additional exploit to redirect client
    connections. (CVE-2012-0867)
  - Convert newlines to spaces in names written in pg_dump comments.
    pg_dump was incautious about sanitizing object names that are
    emitted within SQL comments in its output script. A name containing
    a newline would at least render the script syntactically incorrect.
    Maliciously crafted object names could present a SQL injection risk
    when the script is reloaded. (CVE-2012-0868)
  - Fix btree index corruption from insertions concurrent with
    vacuuming.
    An index page split caused by an insertion could sometimes cause a
    concurrently-running "VACUUM" to miss removing index entries that
    it should remove. After the corresponding table rows are removed,
    the dangling index entries would cause errors (such as "could not
    read block N in file ...") or worse, silently wrong query results
    after unrelated rows are re-inserted at the now-free table
    locations. This bug has been present since release 8.2, but occurs
    so infrequently that it was not diagnosed until now. If you have
    reason to suspect that it has happened in your database, reindexing
    the affected index will fix things.
  - Update per-column permissions, not only per-table permissions, when
    changing table owner.
    Failure to do this meant that any previously granted column
    permissions were still shown as having been granted by the old
    owner. This meant that neither the new owner nor a superuser could
    revoke the now-untraceable-to-table-owner permissions.
  - Allow non-existent values for some settings in "ALTER USER/DATABASE
    SET".
    Allow default_text_search_config, default_tablespace, and
    temp_tablespaces to be set to names that are not known. This is
    because they might be known in another database where the setting
    is intended to be used, or for the tablespace cases because the
    tablespace might not be created yet. The same issue was previously
    recognized for search_path, and these settings now act like that
    one.
  - Avoid crashing when we have problems deleting table files
    post-commit.
    Dropping a table should lead to deleting the underlying disk files
    only after the transaction commits. In event of failure then (for
    instance, because of wrong file permissions) the code is supposed
    to just emit a warning message and go on, since it's too late to
    abort the transaction. This logic got broken as of release 8.4,
    causing such situations to result in a PANIC and an unrestartable
    database.
  - Track the OID counter correctly during WAL replay, even when it
    wraps around.
    Previously the OID counter would remain stuck at a high value until
    the system exited replay mode. The practical consequences of that
    are usually nil, but there are scenarios wherein a standby server
    that's been promoted to master might take a long time to advance
    the OID counter to a reasonable value once values are needed.
  - Fix regular expression back-references with - attached.
    Rather than enforcing an exact string match, the code would
    effectively accept any string that satisfies the pattern
    sub-expression referenced by the back-reference symbol.
    A similar problem still afflicts back-references that are embedded
    in a larger quantified expression, rather than being the immediate
    subject of the quantifier. This will be addressed in a future
    PostgreSQL release.
  - Fix recently-introduced memory leak in processing of inet/cidr
    values.
  - Fix dangling pointer after "CREATE TABLE AS"/"SELECT INTO" in a
    SQL-language function.
    In most cases this only led to an assertion failure in
    assert-enabled builds, but worse consequences seem possible.
  - Fix I/O-conversion-related memory leaks in plpgsql.
  - Improve pg_dump's handling of inherited table columns.
    pg_dump mishandled situations where a child column has a different
    default expression than its parent column. If the default is
    textually identical to the parent's default, but not actually the
    same (for instance, because of schema search path differences) it
    would not be recognized as different, so that after dump and
    restore the child would be allowed to inherit the parent's default.
    Child columns that are NOT NULL where their parent is not could
    also be restored subtly incorrectly.
  - Fix pg_restore's direct-to-database mode for INSERT-style table
    data.
    Direct-to-database restores from archive files made with
    "--inserts" or "--column-inserts" options fail when using
    pg_restore from a release dated September or December 2011, as a
    result of an oversight in a fix for another problem. The archive
    file itself is not at fault, and text-mode output is okay.
  - Allow AT option in ecpg DEALLOCATE statements.
    The infrastructure to support this has been there for awhile, but
    through an oversight there was still an error check rejecting the
    case.
  - Fix error in "contrib/intarray"'s int[] & int[] operator.
    If the smallest integer the two input arrays have in common is 1,
    and there are smaller values in either array, then 1 would be
    incorrectly omitted from the result.
  - Fix error detection in "contrib/pgcrypto"'s encrypt_iv() and
    decrypt_iv().
    These functions failed to report certain types of invalid-input
    errors, and would instead return random garbage values for
    incorrect input.
  - Fix one-byte buffer overrun in "contrib/test_parser".
    The code would try to read one more byte than it should, which
    would crash in corner cases. Since "contrib/test_parser" is only
    example code, this is not a security issue in itself, but bad
    example code is still bad.
  - Use __sync_lock_test_and_set() for spinlocks on ARM, if available.
    This function replaces our previous use of the SWPB instruction,
    which is deprecated and not available on ARMv6 and later. Reports
    suggest that the old code doesn't fail in an obvious way on recent
    ARM boards, but simply doesn't interlock concurrent accesses,
    leading to bizarre failures in multiprocess operation.
  - Use "-fexcess-precision=standard" option when building with gcc
    versions that accept it.
    This prevents assorted scenarios wherein recent versions of gcc
    will produce creative results.
  - Allow use of threaded Python on FreeBSD.
    Our configure script previously believed that this combination
    wouldn't work; but FreeBSD fixed the problem, so remove that error
    check.
* Drop 04-armel-tas.patch, applied upstream.

27. By Martin Pitt on 2011-12-02

* New upstream bug fix release:
  - Fix bugs in information_schema.referential_constraints view.
    This view was being insufficiently careful about matching the
    foreign-key constraint to the depended-on primary or unique key
    constraint. That could result in failure to show a foreign key
    constraint at all, or showing it multiple times, or claiming that
    it depends on a different constraint than the one it really does.
    Since the view definition is installed by initdb, merely upgrading
    will not fix the problem. If you need to fix this in an existing
    installation, you can (as a superuser) drop the information_schema
    schema then re-create it by sourcing
    "SHAREDIR/information_schema.sql". (Run pg_config --sharedir if
    you're uncertain where "SHAREDIR" is.) This must be repeated in
    each database to be fixed.
  - Fix incorrect replay of WAL records for GIN index updates.
    This could result in transiently failing to find index entries
    after a crash, or on a hot-standby server. The problem would be
    repaired by the next "VACUUM" of the index, however.
  - Fix TOAST-related data corruption during CREATE TABLE dest AS
    SELECT - FROM src or INSERT INTO dest SELECT * FROM src.
    If a table has been modified by "ALTER TABLE ADD COLUMN", attempts
    to copy its data verbatim to another table could produce corrupt
    results in certain corner cases. The problem can only manifest in
    this precise form in 8.4 and later, but we patched earlier versions
    as well in case there are other code paths that could trigger the
    same bug.
  - Fix race condition during toast table access from stale syscache
    entries.
  - Track dependencies of functions on items used in parameter default
    expressions. Previously, a referenced object could be dropped without
    having dropped or modified the function, leading to misbehavior when the
    function was used. Note that merely installing this update will not fix
    the missing dependency entries; to do that, you'd need to "CREATE OR
    REPLACE" each such function afterwards. If you have functions whose
    defaults depend on non-built-in objects, doing so is recommended.
  - Allow inlining of set-returning SQL functions with multiple OUT
    parameters.
  - Make DatumGetInetP() unpack inet datums that have a 1-byte header,
    and add a new macro, DatumGetInetPP(), that does not.
  - Improve locale support in money type's input and output.
    Aside from not supporting all standard lc_monetary formatting
    options, the input and output functions were inconsistent, meaning
    there were locales in which dumped money values could not be
    re-read.
  - Don't let transform_null_equals affect CASE foo WHEN NULL ...
    constructs. transform_null_equals is only supposed to affect foo = NULL
    expressions written directly by the user, not equality checks
    generated internally by this form of CASE.
  - Change foreign-key trigger creation order to better support
    self-referential foreign keys. For a cascading foreign key that
    references its own table, a row update will fire both the ON UPDATE
    trigger and the CHECK trigger as one event. The ON UPDATE trigger must
    execute first, else the CHECK will check a non-final state of the row
    and possibly throw an inappropriate error. However, the firing order of
    these triggers is determined by their names, which generally sort in
    creation order since the triggers have auto-generated names following
    the convention "RI_ConstraintTrigger_NNNN". A proper fix would require
    modifying that convention, which we will do in 9.2, but it seems risky
    to change it in existing releases. So this patch just changes the
    creation order of the triggers. Users encountering this type of error
    should drop and re-create the foreign key constraint to get its triggers
    into the right order.
  - Avoid floating-point underflow while tracking buffer allocation
    rate.
  - Preserve blank lines within commands in psql's command history.
    The former behavior could cause problems if an empty line was
    removed from within a string literal, for example.
  - Fix pg_dump to dump user-defined casts between auto-generated
    types, such as table rowtypes.
  - Use the preferred version of xsubpp to build PL/Perl, not
    necessarily the operating system's main copy.
  - Fix incorrect coding in "contrib/dict_int" and "contrib/dict_xsyn".
  - Honor query cancel interrupts promptly in pgstatindex().
  - Ensure VPATH builds properly install all server header files.
  - Shorten file names reported in verbose error messages.
    Regular builds have always reported just the name of the C file
    containing the error message call, but VPATH builds formerly
    reported an absolute path name.

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