AWS RDS Automatic Patching for MySQL 5.5 and 5.6

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Oracle has announced security vulnerabilities and associated software patches affecting MySQL 5.5 and 5.6. Sure the security vulnerabilities and patches are news. But the thing we wanted to point out is that AWS RDS is taking care of it for us and our customers.

Now, this isn’t always what everyone wants (automatic patches) since there may be cases where you want more time to test that extends beyond the automatic update window. However, we find the trade-off is usually worth it since the service alerts you and gives you a few days to review the reasons and get everything in order. Not to mention, it is so easy to stand up a test instance in AWS to verify all is good.

As I saw this notification today, I was just reminded of another reason why I enjoy cloud (IaaS), AWS, and RDS.

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