Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 446771
pygrub uses OS cached data
Last modified: 2009-01-09 01:30:53 EST
After I upgraded to the latest kernel and rebooted my pv f9 install pugrub only
showed me the old grub.conf file.
A few dozen reboots later, reading the pygrub code several times without any
luck I tried vm.drop_caches=1 which solved the problem.
I am accessing a full disk directly from xen which I suspect is the cause with:
disk = [ 'phy:/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_Maxtor_6B200M0_XXXXXXX,xvda,w', ]
Using O_DIRECT in pygrub is probably the right solution but a quick test showed
that it fails in 'fs = fsimage.open(file, get_fs_offset(file))' I guess because
fsimage doesn't align it's reads on 512 byte boundaries :(
This also happes on RHEL 5.2.
I was hit on that issue while migrating some machines into VMs.
Because of the following scenario this bug is actually security relevant:
When you install a new kernel (which probably fixes a security issue) and reboot the system it will eventually boot with the old (and vulnerable) kernel.
Especially when installing a new system and you immediately apply the patches after the install is finished, you're likely to trigger this behavior.
It gets even worse in a clustered environment when you're running on plain volumes (i.e. LVs from a clustered VG). Usually the host-nodes have incoherent caches for these volumes which might lead to a vm booting kernel A when started on node1 and kernel B when started on node2.
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