misc/183967: ntpd logs different version to syslog versus --version

Bert JW Regeer bert.regeer at absio.com
Thu Nov 14 19:30:01 UTC 2013

>Number:         183967
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       ntpd logs different version to syslog versus --version
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Thu Nov 14 19:30:00 UTC 2013
>Originator:     Bert JW Regeer
>Release:        FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE
Absio Corporation
FreeBSD Amnesiac 9.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE #0 r255898: Thu Sep 26 22:50:31 UTC 2013     root at bake.isc.freebsd.org:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  amd64
When ntpd is started it logs the following to /var/log/messages:

Nov 14 12:18:43 Amnesiac ntpd[19743]: ntpd 4.2.4p5-a (1)

However when running the same ntpd binary on the command line with --version it reports:

ntpd - NTP daemon program - Ver. 4.2.4p8

This was causing some confusion regarding what version of ntpd was actually installed, causing us to initially fail an security assessment.

Is this version discrepancy intentional?
1. service ntpd onestart
2. grep "ntpd" /var/log/messages
3. ntpd --version

Compare the output of the two...


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