The most recent release in the MariaDB 5.3 series is: MariaDB 5.3.12

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Release date: 9 Apr 2012

MariaDB 5.3.6 is a Stable (GA) release. In general this means that there are no known serious bugs, except for those marked as feature requests, that no bugs were fixed since last release that caused notable code changes, and that we believe the code is ready for general usage (based on bug inflow).

For a description of MariaDB 5.3 see the What is MariaDB 5.3 page.

For a list of changes made in MariaDB 5.3.6, with links to detailed information on each push, see the MariaDB 5.3.6 Changelog.

In most respects MariaDB will work exactly as MySQL: all commands, interfaces, libraries and APIs that exist in MySQL also exist in MariaDB.

Important Security Fix for Rare Password Bug

MariaDB 5.3.6 fixes a bug that under certain rare circumstances allowed a user to connect with an invalid password. This is a serious security issue. We recommend upgrading from older versions as soon as possible.

Includes MariaDB 5.2.12 and MySQL 5.1.62

This version of MariaDB includes MariaDB 5.2.12, and, by extension, MariaDB 5.1.62 and MySQL 5.1.62. See the MariaDB 5.2.12 Release Notes for the changes made in MariaDB 5.2.12 and see Changes in MySQL 5.1.62 for what changed between this and previous MySQL versions.

Performance Improvements

MariaDB 5.3.6 includes several performance improvements, including a fix for Bug #913030: "Optimizer chooses a suboptimal excution plan for Q18 from DBT-3".

Other various bug fixes and enhancements

MariaDB 5.3.6 also includes numerous bug fixes and enhancements, including:

  • adding Bug #956585 "Feature request - prevent truncating query in mytop" and a feature request to add 'reading of my.cnf files' to mytop (Thanks to Jean Weisbuch for the patch/suggestion.)
  • a patch for Bug #886479 "[PATCH] plugin boolean result" (Thanks to Maarten Vanraes for the patch)
  • a fix for Bug #970528 "Server crashes in my_strnncollsp_simple on LEFT JOIN with CSV table, TEXT field"
  • and many more...

See the MariaDB 5.3.6 Changelog for a list of every change made in MariaDB 5.3.6, with links to detailed information on each push.


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