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SubjectRe: syslog() blocks on glibc 2.1.3 with kernel 2.2.x
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Jesse Pollard <pollard@cats-chateau.net>:
> On Sun, 29 Oct 2000, Stephen Harris wrote:
> >Horst von Brand wrote:
> >
> >> > > If you send SIGSTOP to syslogd on a Red Hat 6.2 system (glibc 2.1.3,
> >> > > kernel 2.2.x), within a few minutes you will find your entire machine
> >> > > grinds to a halt. For example, nobody can log in.
> >>
> >> Great! Yet another way in which root can get the rope to shoot herself in
> >> the foot. Anything _really_ new?
> >
> >OK, let's go a step further - what if syslog dies or breaks in some way
> >shape or form so that the syslog() function blocks...?
> >
> >My worry is the one that was originally raised but ignored: syslog() should
> >not BLOCK regardless of whether it's local or remote. syslog is not a
> >reliable mechanism and many programs have been written assuming they can
> >fire off syslog() calls without worry.
>
> It was NOT ignored. If syslogd dies, then the system SHOULD stop, after a
> few seconds (depending on the log rate...).
>
> I do believe that restarting syslog should be possible... Perhaps syslog
> should be started by inetd at the very beginning. Then it could be restarted
> after an exit/abort.
>
> This can STILL fail if the syslog.conf is completely invalid - but then the
> system SHOULD be stopped pending the investigation of why the file has been
> corrupted, or syslogd falls back on a default configuration (record everything
> in the syslog file).

As was pointed out in a separate E-mail: I ment to say "init" instead of
"inetd", since inetd can generate syslog messages...

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