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Take Percona’s One-Click Database Security Downtime Poll

 | August 2, 2016 |  Posted In: MySQL, Security

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Take Percona’s database security downtime poll. As Peter Zaitsev mentioned recently in his blog post on database support, the data breach costs can hit both your business reputation and your bottom line. Costs vary depending on the company size and market, but recent studies estimate direct costs ranging in average from $1.6M to 7.01M. Everyone agrees […]

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MySQL password expiration features to help you comply with PCI-DSS

 | February 4, 2016 |  Posted In: Security

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PCI Compliance (section 8.2.4) requires users to change password every 90 days. Until MySQL 5.6.6 there wasn’t a built-in way to comply with this requirement. Since MySQL version 5.6.6 there’s a password_expired feature which allows to set a user’s password as expired. This has been added to the mysql.user table and its default value it’s […]

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OpenSSH CVE-2016-0777: Details and Mitigation

 | January 14, 2016 |  Posted In: MySQL, Security

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Earlier today advisories were sent out regarding OpenSSH versions 5.4 through 7.1., informing users about a security bug in the software. In essence, the advisory instructed people to add the   UseRoaming no option to their ssh_config file, with a promise for further information to be made available shortly.   Add undocumented "UseRoaming no" to ssh_config or use "-oUseRoaming=no" […]

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MySQL and Trojan.Chikdos.A

 | October 29, 2015 |  Posted In: MySQL

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Symantec published a blog post yesterday regarding MySQL and the Trojan.Chikdos.A as can be seen here The Symantec post gives detail into the behavior of the Trojan and it’s effects on the Windows system registry, yet gives little detail as to how the required first stage (namely a malicious UDF) is injected, citing: “In the […]

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Percona Live Amsterdam discounted pricing ends July 26!

 | July 20, 2015 |  Posted In: Events and Announcements, MySQL, Percona Live

The Percona Live Data Performance Conference in Amsterdam is just two months away and it’s going to be an incredible event. With a new expanded focus on MySQL, NoSQL, and Data in the Cloud, this conference will be jam-packed with talks from some of the industry’s leading experts from MongoDB, VMware, Oracle, MariaDB, Facebook, Booking.com, […]

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Percona Live Europe 2015 conference, tutorials schedule now available

 | July 9, 2015 |  Posted In: Events and Announcements, MySQL, Percona Live

The conference and tutorial schedule for Percona Live Europe 2015, September 21-23 in Amsterdam, was published this morning and this year’s event will focus on MySQL, NoSQL and Data in the Cloud. Conference sessions, which will follow each morning’s keynote addresses, feature a variety of formal tracks and sessions. Topic areas include: high availability (HA), […]

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Tips for avoiding malware from a lesson learned

 | June 26, 2015 |  Posted In: Security

In a recent article on the Percona blog, I recommended readers to a tool called CamStudio for making technical screen recordings. The blog post was very popular and got 300+ Facebook likes in a short time. Providentially though, a reader commented that the installer (as downloaded from the project website) installed “pretty annoying adware on […]

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MySQL 5.7 key features

 | May 27, 2015 |  Posted In: InnoDB, MySQL, Percona MySQL Support

The other day I was discussing new features of MySQL 5.7 with a Percona Support customer. After that conversation, I thought it would be a good idea to compile list of important features of MySQL 5.7. The latest MySQL 5.7.6 release candidate (RC) is out and is packed with nice features. Here’s a list of […]

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The value of MySQL Support

 | April 2, 2015 |  Posted In: MySQL, Percona MySQL Support

Years ago when I worked for the MySQL Support organization at the original MySQL AB, we spoke about MySQL Support as insurance and focused on a value proposition similar to that of car insurance. For your car to be fully covered, you must purchase car insurance before the incident happens – in fact most places […]

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How to test if CVE-2015-0204 FREAK SSL security flaw affects you

 | March 5, 2015 |  Posted In: MySQL, Security

The CVE-2015-0204 FREAK SSL vulnerability abuses intentionally weak “EXPORT” ciphers which could be used to perform a transparent Man In The Middle attack. (We seem to be continually bombarded with not only SSL vulnerabilities but the need to name vulnerabilities with increasing odd names.) Is your server vulnerable? This can be tested using the following GIST […]

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