Multiple security issues were discovered in MySQL and this update includes new upstream MySQL versions to fix these issues.
MySQL has been updated to 5.1.61 in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, Ubuntu 10.10, Ubuntu 11.04 and Ubuntu 11.10. Ubuntu 8.04 LTS has been updated to MySQL 5.0.95.
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/refman/5.1/en/news-5-1-x.html> <http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/news-5-0-x.html> <http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujan2012-366304.html>