Bind fails to start with "configuring logging: permission denied" after upgrade to SLES 15 SP4

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4


After upgraded to SLES 15 SP4 from a previous service pack, named.service will not start and produces the following errors.
# systemctl start named.service
Job for named.service failed because the control process exited with error code.
See "systemctl status named.service" and "journalctl -xeu named.service" for details.
# journalctl -xeu named.service
Oct 20 12:01:55 host15sp4 named[4111]: isc_stdio_open '/var/log/named_querylog' failed: permission denied
Oct 20 12:01:55 host15sp4 named[4111]: configuring logging: permission denied
Oct 20 12:01:55 host15sp4 named[4111]: loading configuration: permission denied
Oct 20 12:01:55 host15sp4 named[4111]: exiting (due to fatal error)
Oct 20 12:01:55 host15sp4 systemd[1]: named.service: Control process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE

Query logging for bind is enabled and configured to log to a file in /var/log/ by having a configuration similar to the following in the file /etc/named.conf.
logging {
        # Log queries to a file limited to a size of 100 MB.
        channel query_logging {
                file "/var/log/named_querylog"
                        versions 3 size 100M;
                print-time yes;                 // timestamp log entries
        category queries {

The following line in /etc/sysconfig/named is currently present, or was present when bind was run in the previous service pack.


Edit the file /etc/named.conf by changing
# Log queries to a file limited to a size of 100 MB.
        channel query_logging {
                file "/var/log/named_querylog"
# Log queries to a file limited to a size of 100 MB.
        channel query_logging {
                file "/var/lib/named/log/named_querylog"

This will cause logs to be written to /var/lib/named/log/named_querylog instead of the previous location, /var/lib/named/var/log/named_querylog.


In previous service packs, the default configuration ran bind in a chroot jail in /var/lib/named. Changes were made for SLES 15 SP4 with regards to this chroot setup.

The logging path from /etc/named.conf used to be evaluated relative to this chroot location, but is now evaluated relative to the system root.

The default configuration on previous service packs set /var/log/named_querylog as the destination for logs. In the previous chroot environment, this caused logs to be written to /var/lib/named/var/log/named_querylog. With the SLES 15 SP4 changes to bind, this same setting causes logs to be written to /var/log/named_querylog.

Logs are written by the user named. This user does not have permission to write to this new location by default which creates the errors observed.


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  • Document ID:000020820
  • Creation Date: 20-Oct-2022
  • Modified Date:21-Oct-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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