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NTP daemon running twice since latest update to ntp-4.2.8p6-8.2.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 (SLES 11 SP4)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 (SLES 12 SP1)


Since the latest patch to ntp-4.2.8p6-8.2, two NTP processes will be started. This is because there has been an issue with asynchronous name resolution (ntp-fork.patch).

The new child process takes care of asynchronous name resolution on behalf of the parent. This was previously done by a thread, but that broke name resolution when running in a chrooted environment.

So when running NTP daemon, the following output will now be observed executing "ps aux | grep ntp" :

ntp       3661  0.0  0.2  36940  2464 ?        Ss   09:38   0:00 /usr/sbin/ntpd -p /var/run/ntp/ -g -u ntp:ntp -i /var/lib/ntp -c /etc/ntp.conf
root      3669  0.0  0.1  34860  1404 ?        S    09:38   0:00 /usr/sbin/ntpd -p /var/run/ntp/ -g -u ntp:ntp -i /var/lib/ntp -c /etc/ntp.conf


This behavior is not considered a BUG, however a BUG report has still been raised with engineering to consider renaming the process table entry of the child to avoid future confusion about having one process run as root user, and the other process run as ntp user.


So this is a feature which improves NTP and not a BUG or security flaw.


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  • Document ID:7017621
  • Creation Date: 20-May-2016
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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