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SUSE Manager system provisioning failing with kernel/initrd not found in saltenv 'base'

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SUSE Manager 4.3.11


When scheduling an auto-installation via WebUI -> Systems -> SYSTEMNAME -> Provisioning, the action fails with errors similar to the following in the event log: 
    changes: {
    comment: Source file salt://bootloader/1/s15sp5_ks/linux not found in saltenv 'base'
    changes: {
    comment: Source file salt://bootloader/1/s15sp5_ks/initrd not found in saltenv 'base'



To address this issue, there are two possible workarounds: 
  • Downgrade python3-salt salt salt-api salt-bash-completion salt-master to the previous version 3006.0-150400.8.49.2
  • Copy files manually to /srv/susemanager/salt/bootloader/ , in other words, replace the existing links with the respective kernel and initrd files. An example bash script is available in the "Additional Information" section. 
Note: This issue is now partly fixed with SUSE Manager 4.3.12 in so far that new distributions will copy the actual files instead of using symlinks. Existing distributions will however still have the problem, which will be addressed with the release of version 4.3.13. 


SUSE Manager 4.3.11 introduces salt-master version 3006.0-150400.8.54.1 which includes fixes for CVE-2024-22231 and CVE-2024-22232
With these fixes included, it is not allowed to have symlinks inside "file_roots" which are pointing outside of the same file root, which is the situation when creating a new Distribution via SUSE Manager. For example: 
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 51 Jan 17 16:39 /srv/susemanager/salt/bootloader/1/s15sp5_ks/initrd -> /install/sles15sp5-x86_64/boot/x86_64/loader/initrd
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 50 Jan 17 16:39 /srv/susemanager/salt/bootloader/1/s15sp5_ks/linux -> /install/sles15sp5-x86_64/boot/x86_64/loader/linux


Additional Information

The following script will replace links with files. It will copy the target file to linked-file. 
#! /bin/bash

for I in $(find /srv/susemanager/salt/bootloader -type l) ; do
	if [ ! -e "$I" ] ; then
		echo "$I is broken link, skip"
		ls -l "$I"
		FILE="$(ls -l "$I" | awk '{ print $NF }')"
		rm "$I" && cp -p "$FILE" "$I"
		ls -l "$I"



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  • Document ID:000021368
  • Creation Date: 23-Feb-2024
  • Modified Date:11-Jun-2024
    • SUSE Manager Server

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