Bug 178580 - /etc/sysconfig/spamassasin loses file context and timestamp
Summary: /etc/sysconfig/spamassasin loses file context and timestamp
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Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: spamassassin   
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Version: 4.0
Hardware: All Linux
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Assignee: Warren Togami
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Blocks: 171491
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Reported: 2006-01-21 22:53 UTC by Warren Togami
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

Fixed In Version: RHSA-2006-0543
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Last Closed: 2006-06-06 17:54:36 UTC
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Tracker ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2006:0543 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Moderate: spamassassin security update 2006-06-06 04:00:00 UTC

Description Warren Togami 2006-01-21 22:53:37 UTC
QA discovered that /etc/sysconfig/spamassasin is being replaced during every
package intallation or upgrade.

# -a and --auto-whitelist options were removed from 3.0.0
# prevent service startup failure
perl -p -i -e 's/(["\s]-\w+)a/$1/ ; s/(["\s]-)a(\w+)/$1$2/ ; s/(["\s])-a\b/$1/'
perl -p -i -e 's/ --auto-whitelist//' /etc/sysconfig/spamassassin

Since FC3 spamassassin.spec %post contained this to remove user added options
during an upgrade from pre-3.0 SA that caused the new version to fail.  QA
discovered that this perl syntax actually creates another file and deletes the
original file.  This means that even if no change happens, the file has a
different timestamp and selinux security context.

Not much, but it should be fixed some time in the future.

This probably involves testing before doing the modification in order to avoid
an unnecessary replacement.  In the replacement case chcon is needed in order to
maintain the correct selinux context.

Comment 2 Warren Togami 2006-05-09 22:02:58 UTC
Proposed fix to spamassassin.spec:

@@ -127,8 +129,13 @@

 # -a and --auto-whitelist options were removed from 3.0.0
 # prevent service startup failure
-perl -p -i -e 's/(["\s]-\w+)a/$1/ ; s/(["\s]-)a(\w+)/$1$2/ ; s/(["\s])-a\b/$1/'
-perl -p -i -e 's/ --auto-whitelist//' /etc/sysconfig/spamassassin
+TMPFILE=$(/bin/mktemp /etc/sysconfig/spamassassin.XXXXXX) || exit 1
+cp /etc/sysconfig/spamassassin $TMPFILE
+perl -p -i -e 's/(["\s]-\w+)a/$1/ ; s/(["\s]-)a(\w+)/$1$2/ ; s/(["\s])-a\b/$1/'
+perl -p -i -e 's/ --auto-whitelist//' $TMPFILE
+# replace /etc/sysconfig/spamassassin only if it actually changed
+cmp /etc/sysconfig/spamassassin $TMPFILE || cp $TMPFILE /etc/sysconfig/spamassassin

 if [ -f /etc/spamassassin.cf ]; then
        %{__mv} /etc/spamassassin.cf /etc/mail/spamassassin/migrated.cf

Comment 6 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-06-06 17:54:36 UTC
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.


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