Timestamps shifted by 8 hours

Janos Dohanics web at 3dresearch.com
Tue Oct 4 17:23:20 UTC 2011

On Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:44:59 +0100
Matthew Seaman <m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk> wrote:

> On 04/10/2011 14:50, Janos Dohanics wrote:
> > So, I asked the wrong question. The question I should be asking is:
> > Why are timestamps wrong in /var/log/filter.log even though date
> > shows the correct time? However, this question I should ask the
> > pfSense list...
> Hmmm...
> Somewhat of an outside chance, but timezones can be set per-process,
> just by setting TZ in the environment.  Make sure that procfs(5) is
> mounted, and try running
>    ps -auxwwwe | grep TZ

Well, my pfSense installation does not have /proc, and I'd hate to mess
with a production system of a customer...

> If there is a process with TZ set in the environment, especially if it
> is set to 'America/Los_Angeles' or similar (9 hours offset from UTC is
> typical for PDT)[*] that's probably your smoking gun right there.  Do
> you have West Coast based users/admins who might have restarted some
> processes or reloaded firewall rulesets?
> 	Cheers,
> 	Matthew
> [*] Or else on Guam or some other part of the Eastern Pacific?

I'm the only one (I hope...) with access to this box...

Janos Dohanics

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