Zero-Day Advisory

Fortinet Discovers Multiple MariaDB 'Regular Expression' Parsing Denial of Service Vulnerabilities


Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered multiple denial of service vulnerabilities in MariaDB.
MariaDB is an enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL. It remains free under the GNU GPL. MariaDB strives to be the logical choice for database professionals looking for a robust, scalable, and reliable SQL server.
These discovered vulnerabilities are caused due to incorrectly handling specially crafted regular expressions. They could be exploited by attackers via crafted regular expression with the REGEXP_SUBSTR function.


FortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:

Released Apr 22, 2015
Users should apply the solution provided by MariaDB.

Additional Information

The vulnerabilities actually exist in the 3rd-party PCRE library incorporated into MariaDB. The PCRE library 8.37 has fixed them.



These vulnerabilities were discovered by Kai Lu of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

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