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CentOS Errata and Security Advisory CESA-2012:1037

PostgreSQL is an advanced object-relational database management system
(DBMS).

A flaw was found in the way the crypt() password hashing function from the
optional PostgreSQL pgcrypto contrib module performed password
transformation when used with the DES algorithm. If the password string to
be hashed contained the 0x80 byte value, the remainder of the string was
ignored when calculating the hash, significantly reducing the password
strength. This made brute-force guessing more efficient as the whole
password was not required to gain access to protected resources.
(CVE-2012-2143)

Note: With this update, the rest of the string is properly included in the
DES hash; therefore, any previously stored password values that are
affected by this issue will no longer match. In such cases, it will be
necessary for those stored password hashes to be updated.

A denial of service flaw was found in the way the PostgreSQL server
performed a user privileges check when applying SECURITY DEFINER or SET
attributes to a procedural language’s (such as PL/Perl or PL/Python) call
handler function. A non-superuser database owner could use this flaw to
cause the PostgreSQL server to crash due to infinite recursion.
(CVE-2012-2655)

Upstream acknowledges Rubin Xu and Joseph Bonneau as the original reporters
of the CVE-2012-2143 issue.

These updated packages upgrade PostgreSQL to version 8.4.12, which fixes
these issues as well as several non-security issues. Refer to the
PostgreSQL Release Notes for a full list of changes:

http://www.postgresql.org/docs/8.4/static/release.html

All PostgreSQL users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages,
which correct these issues. If the postgresql service is running, it will
be automatically restarted after installing this update.

Merged security bulletin from advisories:
https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2012-July/080890.html
https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2012-June/080861.html

Affected packages:
postgresql
postgresql-contrib
postgresql-devel
postgresql-docs
postgresql-libs
postgresql-plperl
postgresql-plpython
postgresql-pltcl
postgresql-server
postgresql-test
postgresql84
postgresql84-contrib
postgresql84-devel
postgresql84-docs
postgresql84-libs
postgresql84-plperl
postgresql84-plpython
postgresql84-pltcl
postgresql84-python
postgresql84-server
postgresql84-tcl
postgresql84-test

Upstream details at:
https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012:1037