Posted on 2018-11-08 by PostgreSQL Global Development Group

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has released an update to all supported versions of our database system, including 11.1, 10.6, 9.6.11, 9.5.15, 9.4.20, and 9.3.25. This release fixes one security issue as well as bugs reported over the last three months.

All users using the affected versions of PostgreSQL should update as soon as possible. Please see the notes on “Updating” below for any post-update steps that may be required if you are using pg_stat_statements in your installation.

This update is also the final release for PostgreSQL 9.3, which is now end-of-life and will no longer receive any bug or security fixes. If your environment still uses PostgreSQL 9.3, please make plans to update to a community supported version as soon as possible. Please see our versioning policy for more information.

Security Issues

One security vulnerability has been closed by this release:

  • CVE-2018-16850: SQL injection in pg_upgrade and pg_dump, via CREATE TRIGGER ... REFERENCING.

Using a purpose-crafted trigger definition, an attacker can run arbitrary SQL statements with superuser privileges when a superuser runs pg_upgrade on the database or during a pg_dump dump/restore cycle. This attack requires a CREATE privilege on some non-temporary schema or a TRIGGER privilege on a table. This is exploitable in the default PostgreSQL configuration, where all users have CREATE privilege on public schema.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

This update also fixes numerous bugs that were reported in the last several months. Some of these issues affect only version 11, but many affect all supported versions.

These releases include fixes that:

  • Ensure that automatically created child indexes are created in the same tablespace as the parent partitioned index
  • Fix several crashes with triggers
  • Fix problems with applying ON COMMIT DELETE ROWS to a partitioned temporary table
  • Fix how NULL values are handled when using LEFT JOIN with a parallelized hash join
  • Several fixes around using named or defaulted arguments in CALL statements
  • Fix for strict aggregate functions (i.e. aggregates that cannot accept NULL inputs) with ORDER BY columns that enforces the strictness check
  • Fix with CASE statements where an expression was cast to an array type
  • Disable an optimization for updating expression indexes in order to prevent a crash
  • Fix a memory leak that occurred on a specific case of using a SP-GiST index
  • Fix for pg_verify_checksums incorrectly reporting on files that are not expected to have checksums
  • Prevent the PostgreSQL server from starting when wal_level is set to a value that cannot support an existing replication slot
  • Ensure that the server will process already-received NOTIFY and SIGTERM interrupts before waiting for client input
  • Allow PL/Ruby to work with newer versions of PostgreSQL
  • Fix for character-class checks on Windows for Unicode characters above U+FFFF, which affected full-text search as well as contrib/ltree and contrib/pg_trgm
  • Fix a case where psql would not report the receipt of a message from a NOTIFY call until after the next command
  • Fix build problems on macOS 10.14 (Mojave)
  • Several build fixes for the Windows platform

This updates also contains tzdata release 2018g for DST law changes in Chile, Fiji, Morocco, and Russia (Volgograd), plus historical corrections for China, Hawaii, Japan, Macau, and North Korea.

PostgreSQL 9.3 is End-of-Life (EOL)

PostgreSQL 9.3 is now end-of-life and will no longer receive any bug or security fixes. We urge users to start planning an upgrade to a later version of PostgreSQL as soon as possible. Please see our versioning policy for more information.

Updating

All PostgreSQL update releases are cumulative. As with other minor releases, users are not required to dump and reload their database or use pg_upgrade in order to apply this update release; you may simply shutdown PostgreSQL and update its binaries.

If your system is using pg_stat_statements and you are running a version of PostgreSQL 10 or PostgreSQL 11, we advise that you execute the following command after upgrading:

ALTER EXTENSION pg_stat_statements UPDATE;

Users who have skipped one or more update releases may need to run additional, post-update steps; please see the release notes for earlier versions for details.

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Posted on 2018-11-08 by PostgreSQL Global Development Group The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has released an update to all supported versions of our database system, including 11.1, 10.6, 9.6.11, 9.5.15, 9.4.20, and 9.3.25. This release fixes one security issue as well as...

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