Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures assigned an identifier CVE-2010-2008 to
the following vulnerability:
Reference: CONFIRM: http://bugs.mysql.com/bug.php?id=53804
Reference: CONFIRM: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/en/news-5-1-48.html
Reference: URL: http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/41198
Reference: URL: http://www.securitytracker.com/id?1024160
Reference: URL: http://secunia.com/advisories/40333
MySQL before 5.1.48 allows remote authenticated users with alter
database privileges to cause a denial of service (server crash and
database loss) via an ALTER DATABASE command with a #mysql50# string
followed by a . (dot), .. (dot dot), ../ (dot dot slash) or similar
sequence, and an UPGRADE DATA DIRECTORY NAME command, which causes
MySQL to move certain directories to the server data directory.
NOTE: The CVE description above is not entirely correct. The '#mysql50#' string is incidental; it's the special commands at the end that make the difference.
Also note that the UPGRADE DATA DIRECTORY NAME  was introduced in MySQL 5.1.23 in order to encode database names to make them safe on all operating systems. So any database names with special characters in them (i.e. '-', '.', ':', etc would get automatically encoded on upgrades from previous versions of MySQL to a >=5.1.23 install (could affect migrations from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 to 6).
This only affects Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 beta and Fedora (rawhide has 5.1.48 which has the issue corrected).
Created mysql tracking bugs for this issue
Affects: fedora-all [bug 614216]
mysql-5.1.48-2.fc13 has been pushed to the Fedora 13 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
mysql-5.1.47-2.fc12 has been pushed to the Fedora 12 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.