UFS Crash and directories now missing
ait at p2ee.org
Sat Apr 28 17:52:03 UTC 2012
On Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM, Robert Bonomi <bonomi at mail.r-bonomi.com> wrote:
> Alejandro Imass <aimass at yabarana.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 11:39 AM, Robert Bonomi
>> <bonomi at mail.r-bonomi.com> wrote:
>> > Alejandro Imass <aimass at yabarana.com> wrote:
>> >> After a little more research, ___it it NOT unlikely at all___ that
>> >> under high distress and a hard boot, UFS could have somehow corrupted
>> >> the directory structure, whilst maintaining the data intact.
>> > This is techically accurate, *BUT* the specifics of the quote "corruption"
>> > unquote in the case under discussion make it *EXTREMELY* unlikely that this
>> > is what happened.
>> > 99.99+++% of all UFS filesystem "corruption' issues are the result of a
>> > system crash _between_ the time cached 'meta-data' is updated in memory
>> > and that data is flushed to disk (a deferred write).
>> > The second most common (and vanishingly rare) failure mode is a powerfail
>> > _as_ a sector of disk is being written -- resulting in 'garbage data'
>> > being written to disk.
>> > The next possibility is 'cosmic rays'. If running on 'cheap' hardware
>> > (i.e., without 'ECC' memory), this can cause a *SINGLE-BIT* error in
>> > data being output.
>> > The fact that the 'corrupted' filesystem passed fsck -without- any reported
>> > errors shows that everything in the filesystem meta-data was consistent
>> > I think it is safe to conclude that the probabilities -greatly- favor
>> > alternative #1.
>> OK. So after your comments and further research I concur with you on
>> the mv but if it wasn't a human, then this might be exposing a serious
>> security flaw in the jail system or the way EzJail implements it.
> BOGON ALERT!!!
I admit my ignorance on how the filesystem works but I don't think
your condescending remarks add a lot of value. The issue here is this
actually happened and there is a flaw somewhere other than "the stupid
administrator did it".
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