How MySQL Treats Security Vulnerabilities

September 18, 2007

[From MySQL AB]

The phrase "security vulnerability" gives most of us the creeps. We are afraid of them. Looking at them rationally, they share a trait with other bugs: All are a pain, but some are a bigger pain than others. And instead of trying to avoid the evil by not talking about it, let's take a look at MySQL's security vulnerability track record over the years, and explain the rationale behind our actions using actual cases from past years.

Let me start by pointing out that the MySQL database -- like all large software products -- has had, and in all likelihood still has, security vulnerabilities. As an often used default database for web apps, MySQL is pounded upon from a number of different directions. Since one of the most important user criteria is that the database must be secure, let me also be clear that MySQL treats security vulnerabilities as the highest-priority of all bugs and promptly allocates resources towards fixing such bugs when they are reported, as described below.

The article continues at http://dev.mysql.com/tech-resources/articles/security_vulnerabilities.html