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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 10:18

Splunk advises users it will face a problem similar to Y2K in 2020 Featured

Splunk advises users it will face a problem similar to Y2K in 2020 Image by _vane_ from Pixabay

Analytics software firm Splunk appears to have a problem similar to Y2K, in that unpatched installations of its software will be unable to recognise two-digit dates beginning from 1 January 2020.

Additionally, the company said in an advisory, that from 12:26:39 UTC on 13 September 2020, unpatched Splunk platforms would not recognise timestamps from events based on UNIX time.

Unpatched instances of the following software are affected:

  • Splunk Cloud
  • Splunk Light
  • Splunk Enterprise indexers
  • Splunk Enterprise heavy forwarders
  • Splunk Enterprise search heads: When they get data inputs from any API and When they forward internal data to other Splunk Enterprise indexers.
  • Splunk universal forwarders: When they process structured data such as comma-separated values (CSV) files, with the INDEXED_EXTRACTIONS setting in props.conf and when they process data inputs prior to forwarding, with the force_local_processing = true setting in props.conf.

"There is no method to correct the timestamps after the Splunk platform has ingested the data," Splunk warned.

"If you ingest data with an un-patched Splunk platform instance, you must patch the instance and re-ingest the data for timestamps to be correct."

The company said customers would receive a fix for this issue automatically. On-premises customers could download an updated datetime.xml file and apply it; manually modify existing installations or upgrade to a version which had the right versions of datetime.xml.

Full instructions for updating to avoid the issue are available in the advisory.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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