I gave up on putting large blobs in Mysql -- too many limits around 16MB.
Instead I broke blobs into pieces, inserting them with a sequence number.
Added benefit: Does not clog up replication while huge single-insert is
being copied over network and reexecuted on slaves.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul McCullagh [mailto:paul.mccullagh@stripped]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 2:57 AM
> To: Ann W. Harrison
> Cc: MySQL List; MySQL Internal
> Subject: Re: Blob data
> Hi Ann,
> Currently, the thoughts on how to make the BLOB references secure go
> like this:
> The BLOB reference consists of 2 components: The first component is
> basically an index used to find the BLOB on the server. The second
> component is a random number generated when the BLOB is created.
> The random number acts as an "authorization code", and is checked
> when the BLOB is requested. So if the authorization code supplied in
> the BLOB reference does not match the code stored by the server for
> that BLOB, then the BLOB is not returned.
> If the authorization code is a 4-byte number, then the chances of
> getting the correct code for any particular BLOB is 1 in 4 billion.
> This makes it practically impossible to "discover" a BLOB by
> generating BLOB references and requesting them from the server.
> However, it does mean that once you have a valid BLOB reference it
> remains valid until the BLOB is deleted. So you can pass it
> around to
> your friends, or post it on the internet if you like.
> In order to prevent this (it will depend on the site, as to whether
> this is required), it would be possible to add a dynamic
> component to
> the BLOB reference which has a certain lifetime (for example, it
> expires after a certain amount of time, or when a database
> session is
> Such a component would have to be added to the BLOB reference URL by
> the storage engine on the fly. So, as the SELECT result is being
> generated, the dynamic component is added to the BLOB references
> returned in the rowset.
> Security of the BLOB streaming stuff is one of the major issues, so
> further comments, questions and ideas are welcome!
> Best regards,
> On Jun 26, 2007, at 4:36 PM, Ann W. Harrison wrote:
> > Paul McCullagh wrote:
> >> It will also be possible to store the BLOBs "out-of-row". In this
> >> case, only a BLOB reference is stored in the row. The
> reference is
> >> basically a URL which can be used to retrieve the data. So when
> >> you do an SQL SELECT which includes a BLOB column, the resulting
> >> rowset does not contain the data, just the BLOB reference (URL).
> > How does this work with access privileges? Can you just send random
> > numbers in the URL until you start seeing blob data?
> > Best regards,
> > Ann
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