[syslog-ng] Bug: syslog 2.0.x circular message delivery if no DNS

Evan Rempel erempel at uvic.ca
Wed Oct 17 19:42:29 CEST 2007

We recently has an unscheduled power outage in our data center.
Our servers came back prior to our DNS being available (actually, prior
to the network coming back up). All hosts running syslog-ng consumed their
log filespace as fast as the disks would allow writing which took about 2 minutes.

The problem we seem to have encountered is that our source section and destination
definitions are;

source local { unix-stream("/dev/log" max-connections(200));
                file("/proc/kmsg" log_prefix("kernel: "));
                tcp( localip( port(514) );

destination syslogServer1 { tcp("syslog.uvic.ca" log_fifo_size(50000) ); };

It seems that if syslog.uvic.ca could not be resolved, syslog-ng took it upon itself
to use as its destination and started logging to itself. Chaining of hostnames
is on, which means that we could see a message path of

local at myhost.uvic.ca/local at myhost.uvic.ca/local at myhost.uvic.ca/local at myhost.uvic.ca/local at myhost.uvic.ca

until some maximum length was reached and the hostname field became truncated.

This should be easy to repeat if you use a source like the one above, disconnect the network
and start syslog-ng.


Evan Rempel                erempel at uvic.ca
Senior Programmer Analyst        250.721.7691
Computing Services
University of Victoria

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