Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures assigned an identifier CVE-2012-3160 to
the following vulnerability:
Unspecified vulnerability in the MySQL Server component in Oracle
MySQL 5.1.65 and earlier, and 5.5.27 and earlier, allows local users
to affect confidentiality via unknown vectors related to Server
Text of the Oracle flaw description:
Vulnerability in the MySQL Server component of Oracle MySQL (subcomponent:
Server Installation). Supported versions that are affected are 5.1.65 and
earlier and 5.5.27 and earlier. Easily exploitable vulnerability requiring
logon to Operating System. Successful attack of this vulnerability can result
in unauthorized read access to a subset of MySQL Server accessible data.
It seems the CVE may be related to the following commits:
They modify mysql_secure_installation scripts to ensure that a temporary file, to which root password is written, is properly removed if script fails or is interrupted. Shell version of the script is included in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux mysql packages.
This issue has been addressed in following products:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Via RHSA-2012:1462 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012-1462.html