Announcing ClusterControl 1.8.1: Improved Security, Backup for MongoDB Sharded Clusters & Galera 4 Support

Forrest Lymburner


We’re excited to announce the 1.8.1 release of ClusterControl – the only database management system you’ll ever need to take control of your open source database infrastructure. 

In addition to several new security enhancements, ClusterControl now supports the deployment, monitoring and management of Percona XtraDB Cluster 8 and MariaDB Cluster 10.5; both of which are built on the new Galera Cluster 4 technology which offers streaming replication and new synchronization functions.

This release also features the ability to cluster “fully-aware” ProxySQL nodes offering significant scalability of the popular database load balancing technology.

We are also rolling out a brand new backup and restore methodology for MongoDB which offers several advantages when backing up and restoring replica sets and sharded clusters.

Release Highlights

ProxySQL Clustering

  • ProxySQL Clustering lets you have multiple ProxySQL instances which are natively clustered and aware of one other.

MongoDB Backup Management Improvements

  • Added Percona Backup for MongoDB which allows you to backup and restore Replica sets and Sharded Clusters

Security Improvements

  • Improved prevention for Clickjacking
  • Updated JQuery to version 3.5.0 which features several new security fixes
  • Implemented CGI Generic Cross-Site Request Forgery Detection. 

New Database Version Support

  • Support for Percona XtraDB Cluster 8.0
  • Support for MariaDB Cluster 10.5

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Release Details

ProxySQL Clustering

In April 2020, ProxySQL released version 1.4.2 which introduced the ability to natively cluster ProxySQL nodes. This feature has now been added to ClusterControl. It allows multiple ProxySQL instances to be aware of one other and let you create users and query rules that are instantly propagated to all the other nodes in the cluster.

ProxySQL Clustering - ClusterControl
ProxySQL Clustering - ClusterControl

MongoDB Backup Management

With the implementation of Percona Backup for MongoDB ClusterControl now has the ability to backup and restore both non-sharded replica sets and sharded clusters. 

MongoDB Backup Management - ClusterControl

Security Improvements

Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) is an attack that forces an end user to execute unwanted actions on a web application in which they’re currently authenticated. We have implemented the ability to detect these types of attacks improving database security. 

Clickjacking is the malicious practice of manipulating a website user’s activity by concealing hyperlinks beneath legitimate clickable content, thereby causing the user to perform actions of which they are unaware. We have added new protections from this type of attack in this 

JQuery implemented a security fix in version 3.5.0 after an issue was reported that demonstrated the regex could introduce a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability. ClusterControl has been improved to take advantage of this new version.

New Database Support

Galera Cluster 4, which is the basis of the technology behind both Percona XtraDB Cluster 8 and MariaDB Cluster 10.5, includes several game-changing features as part of its release. The addition of Streaming Replication allows the database to better handle large transactions by fragmenting the transitions and operations and replicating them to the slave nodes while the process is still going on.  This prevents crashes when a transaction or large query becomes too large for the normal process to complete. The release also contains a series of new synchronization functions as well as the addition of new system tables to improve the database monitoring ability. 

ClusterControl now allows you to deploy this new technology with it’s point-and-click interface, reducing the complexity of deploying and configuring the, traditional challenging, database stack.

Deploy MariaDB 10.5 - ClusterControl
Deploy MariaDB Cluster 10.5 - ClusterControl


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