[FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD Errata Notice FreeBSD-EN-16:01.filemon

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FreeBSD-EN-16:01.filemon                                        Errata Notice
                                                          The FreeBSD Project

Topic:          filemon and bmake meta-mode stability issues

Category:       core
Module:         filemon
Announced:      2016-01-14
Credits:        Bryan Drewery
Affects:        FreeBSD 10.2-RELEASE
Corrected:      2015-09-09 17:15:13 UTC (stable/10, 10.2-STABLE)
                2016-01-14 09:10:46 UTC (releng/10.2, 10.2-RELEASE-p9)

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I.   Background

In FreeBSD 10.2, /usr/bin/make is the NetBSD bmake utility.  bmake has
a feature called meta-mode [1], which can make use of the filemon(4) kernel
module to perform reliable update builds and provide better build
[1]  http://www.crufty.net/sjg/blog/freebsd-meta-mode.htm

II.  Problem Description

Multiple stability and locking problems have been fixed in the filemon(4)
kernel module.  Without these fixes, using meta-mode and filemon(4) on a
FreeBSD 10.2 system may result in kernel panics.

III. Impact

For the jails and virtual machines used by the FreeBSD Jenkins Continuous
Integration builders, it is desirable to use released versions FreeBSD.
This will allow us to set up builders to test building FreeBSD-CURRENT with
meta-mode, using a FreeBSD 10.2-RELEASE-p9 build host.

IV.  Workaround

No workaround is available for the filemon stability problems.

V.   Solution

Perform one of the following:

1) Upgrade your system to a supported FreeBSD stable or release / security
branch (releng) dated after the correction date.

2) To update your present system via a binary patch:

Systems running a RELEASE version of FreeBSD on the i386 or amd64
platforms can be updated via the freebsd-update(8) utility:

# freebsd-update fetch
# freebsd-update install

3) To update your present system via a source code patch:

The following patches have been verified to apply to the applicable
FreeBSD release branches.

a) Download the relevant patch from the location below, and verify the
detached PGP signature using your PGP utility.

# fetch https://security.FreeBSD.org/patches/EN-16:01/filemon.patch
# fetch https://security.FreeBSD.org/patches/EN-16:01/filemon.patch.asc
# gpg --verify filemon.patch.asc

b) Apply the patch.  Execute the following commands as root:

# cd /usr/src
# patch < /path/to/patch

c) Recompile your kernel as described in
<URL:https://www.FreeBSD.org/handbook/kernelconfig.html> and reboot the

VI.  Correction details

The following list contains the correction revision numbers for each
affected branch.

Branch/path                                                      Revision
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------
stable/10                                                         r287598
releng/10.2                                                       r293893
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------

To see which files were modified by a particular revision, run the
following command, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number, on a
machine with Subversion installed:

# svn diff -cNNNNNN --summarize svn://svn.freebsd.org/base

Or visit the following URL, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number:


VII. References

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