Re: [Full-disclosure] Security Updates Without Rebooting
To: Joxean Koret <email@example.com> Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2005 22:18:17 -0500
On Wed, 09 Nov 2005 01:48:33 +0100, Joxean Koret said:
> In some cases you can hot-patch a kernel without rebooting the system,
> loading a module (lkm) with the patch inside.
Note that this is serious double-or-nothing here, because it's just *so*
easy to totally screw the pooch doing this, and ending up with an outage
*much* longer than a 'shutdown -r' would have caused. Worst case is a stray
pointer causing subtle filesystem damage, undetected for a while......
A much more cost-effective scheme would be 2 systems in a fail-over config,
so that you can reboot one and then the other without a disruption.
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