Aurora MySQL database engine updates: 2017-04-05 (version 1.12) (Deprecated) - Amazon Aurora

Aurora MySQL database engine updates: 2017-04-05 (version 1.12) (Deprecated)

Version: 1.12

Aurora MySQL 1.12 is now the preferred version for the creation of new DB clusters, including restores from snapshots.

This is not a mandatory upgrade for existing clusters. You will have the option to upgrade existing clusters to version 1.12 after we complete the fleet-wide patch to 1.11 (see Aurora 1.11 release notes and corresponding forum announcement). With version 1.12 of Aurora, we are using a cluster patching model where all nodes in an Aurora DB cluster are patched at the same time. For more information, see Maintaining an Amazon Aurora DB cluster in the Amazon Aurora User Guide.

New features

  • Fast DDL – Aurora MySQL now allows you to execute an ALTER TABLE tbl_name ADD COLUMN col_name column_definition operation nearly instantaneously. The operation completes without requiring the table to be copied and without materially impacting other DML statements. Since it does not consume temporary storage for a table copy, it makes DDL statements practical even for large tables on small instance classes. Fast DDL is currently only supported for adding a nullable column, without a default value, at the end of a table. This feature is currently available in Aurora lab mode. For more information, see Altering tables in Amazon Aurora using fast DDL in the Amazon Aurora User Guide.

  • Show volume status – We have added a new monitoring command, SHOW VOLUME STATUS, to display the number of nodes and disks in a volume. For more information, see Displaying volume status for an Aurora MySQL DB cluster in the Amazon Aurora User Guide.


  • Implemented changes to lock compression to further reduce memory allocated per lock object. This improvement is available in lab mode.

  • Fixed an issue where the trx_active_transactions metric decrements rapidly even when the database is idle.

  • Fixed an invalid error message regarding fault injection query syntax when simulating failure in disks and nodes.

  • Fixed multiple issues related to race conditions and dead latches in the lock manager.

  • Fixed an issue causing a buffer overflow in the query optimizer.

  • Fixed a stability issue in Aurora read replicas when the underlying storage nodes experience low available memory.

  • Fixed an issue where idle connections persisted past the wait_timeout parameter setting.

  • Fixed an issue where query_cache_size returns an unexpected value after reboot of the instance.

  • Fixed a performance issue that is the result of a diagnostic thread probing the network too often in the event that writes are not progressing to storage.

Integration of MySQL bug fixes

  • Reloading a table that was evicted while empty caused an AUTO_INCREMENT value to be reset. (Bug #21454472, Bug #77743)

  • An index record was not found on rollback due to inconsistencies in the purge_node_t structure. The inconsistency resulted in warnings and error messages such as "error in sec index entry update", "unable to purge a record", and "tried to purge sec index entry not marked for deletion". (Bug #19138298, Bug #70214, Bug #21126772, Bug #21065746)

  • Wrong stack size calculation for qsort operation leads to stack overflow. (Bug #73979)

  • Record not found in an index upon rollback. (Bug #70214, Bug #72419)

  • ALTER TABLE add column TIMESTAMP on update CURRENT_TIMESTAMP inserts ZERO-datas (Bug #17392)