[CentOS] Weird Secure log timestamp problem

Matt Hyclak hyclak at math.ohiou.edu
Thu Mar 8 19:21:10 UTC 2007

On Thu, Mar 08, 2007 at 02:14:31PM -0500, Matthew Miller enlightened us:
> > This snippet is in order that it appears in the database.  Notice the
> > timestamp. It starts off thinking it's almost 6pm then reverts th the
> > correct time of almost 10am, then to 6pm, then back to 10am and so on and
> > so forth. Upon looking back even further, I can see that this has been
> > happening as far back as the secure logs go... Early February.
> Here is the root cause:
> <https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=231326>
> I'm not sure what in SSH or PAM is running in GMT, though.

It has to do with the chroot. /etc/localtime doesn't get put in the chroot,
so the processes running inside the root log in GMT, outside they log in
localtime. This has been discussed on this mailing list and there is at
least one report on redhat's bugzilla.


Matt Hyclak
Department of Mathematics 
Department of Social Work
Ohio University
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