There are numerous places in the code where SQL statements are generated and written into the binary log. User-supplied identifiers (table names, field names, etc.) are not always properly quoted (for example, the proper quoted form ofis ), so authorized users that have privileges to modify a table (any non-temporary table) can inject arbitrary SQL into the binary log.
Such injected SQL will be executed by the slave or when a DBA does astyle point-in-time recovery.
During the normal MySQL replication (master-slave, not), the options to exploit these vulnerabilities are somewhat limited by the fact, that the slave does not execute many statements, when it expects the one. So, one can not inject a new SQL statement. But one can extend the WHERE condition, or modify tables that he usually would have no access to.
Just to be clear: to exploit this one needs a valid account on the server and privileges to modify data.
To trigger the bug one can use, for example,
This issue was reported on MySQL bug tracker: http://bugs.mysql.com/66550
It has CVE identifier CVE-2012-4414
The patches are available on launchpad: