Weird Linode Behavior

For some reason my Red Hat Network daemon on my Linode is not checking in, so I logged into my Linode and restarted it. The really weird thing is that ps aux is showing that I have processes which started on Nov 26 (two days from now!). The 'date' command shows the correct time, but the time reported from ps is wrong. If I touch a file, it is created with the correct date.

Here is an example of my bogus 'ps' output:

root 24686 0.0 1.1 2648 708 pts/0 R Nov26 0:00 ps

Note that the ps command itself has a date of Nov26, even though I just ran it less than a minute ago at around 1:50 pm PDT Nov. 24.

Any ideas? I have a feeling that the dates listed by ps somehow come from the host system, instead of the Linode kernel, and that the host system may have a bad date …

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By the way, my uptime is reported as:

17:02:02 up 56 days, 7:31, 1 user, load average: 1.11, 0.34, 0.10

This is wrong - my Linode was last booted on Sep. 25, which was 60 days ago.

I think there is something wrong with the way that Linodes keep track of time with respect to the host system. This might cause both the uptime inaccuracy and the process start time inaccuracy.


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