Upgrade of libapache2-mod-php8.1 does not reload apache2

Bug #2038912 reported by Roel van Meer
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
apache2 (Debian)
apache2 (Ubuntu)
Athos Ribeiro
php8.1 (Ubuntu)
Athos Ribeiro

Bug Description

Today we discovered that most of our servers that are running Apache2 + libapache2-mod-php had Apache2 running with an older version of PHP, even though libapache2-mod-php(7.4|8.1) was updated.
After investigating, we found that libapache2-mod-php8.1 uses a trigger to reload apache, but that this is not supported in the apache2-maintscript-helper script.

The expected behavior is that after upgrading or reinstalling libapache2-mod-php8.1, Apache2 is restarted. This should be visible by looking at the start time of the apache2 process in the process list.

As far as we could find, the problem exists in apache2-maintscript-helper ( https://git.launchpad.net/~agogo147/ubuntu/+source/apache2/tree/debian/debhelper/apache2-maintscript-helper?h=applied/debian/bullseye#n221). When the trigger from libapache2-mod-php8.1 runs, the apache2-maintscript-helper is executed with the following variables:


That means that the apache2_needs_action function returns 1 (e.g. no action necessary) so the intended reload does not happen.

Output of the trigger of a reinstall of libapache2-mod-php7.4 with APACHE2_MAINTSCRIPT_DEBUG=1 set in envvars:

Processing triggers for libapache2-mod-php7.4 (7.4.3-4ubuntu2.19) ...
+ + egrep -q installed|triggers-awaited|triggers-pending
dpkg-query -f ${Status} -W apache2
+ [ -z triggered ]
+ [ postinst ]
+ APACHE2_MAINTSCRIPT_PACKAGE=libapache2-mod-php7.4
+ [ -z libapache2-mod-php7.4 ]
+ [ -z ]
+ [ -z ]
+ APACHE2_MAINTSCRIPT_ARGUMENT=/etc/php/7.4/apache2/conf.d
+ [ triggered = triggered ]
+ [ /etc/php/7.4/apache2/conf.d = /etc/php/7.4/apache2/conf.d ]
+ [ -e /usr/share/apache2/apache2-maintscript-helper ]
+ . /usr/share/apache2/apache2-maintscript-helper
+ [ -n 1 ]
+ return
+ apache2_reload restart
+ apache2_needs_action
+ [ triggered = configure ]
+ return 1
+ return 0
+ exit 0

Although I would be highly surprised if this is actually an issue that has not been reported yet, I could not find any reports mentioning this behavior. Also, there's a security element to this: we expected the package upgrades (we're running unattended updates) to ensure the PHP version we're running is uptodate, but now it turns out we're running old versions of PHP without us knowing.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 22.04
Package: libapache2-mod-php8.1 8.1.2-1ubuntu2.14
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 5.19.0-43.44~22.04.1-generic 5.19.17
Uname: Linux 5.19.0-43-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.11-0ubuntu82.5
Architecture: amd64
CasperMD5CheckResult: pass
CurrentDesktop: GNOME
Date: Tue Oct 10 11:53:51 2023
InstallationDate: Installed on 2023-05-01 (161 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS "Jammy Jellyfish" - Release amd64 (20230223)
SourcePackage: php8.1
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Revision history for this message
Roel van Meer (rvm-peercode) wrote :
tags: added: server-todo
Changed in php8.1 (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Athos Ribeiro (athos-ribeiro)
Revision history for this message
Roel van Meer (rvm-peercode) wrote :

Dear maintainer,

Thanks for taking the time to look at this.
The attached patch to apache2-maintscript-helper fixes the problem. I hope it will be useful.

If there's anything I can do to help or test, please let me know.

Best regards, Roel

Revision history for this message
Roel van Meer (rvm-peercode) wrote :
Changed in apache2 (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Athos Ribeiro (athos-ribeiro)
Revision history for this message
Ubuntu Foundations Team Bug Bot (crichton) wrote :

The attachment "Allow trigger to restart apache in apache2-maintscript-helper" seems to be a patch. If it isn't, please remove the "patch" flag from the attachment, remove the "patch" tag, and if you are a member of the ~ubuntu-reviewers, unsubscribe the team.

[This is an automated message performed by a Launchpad user owned by ~brian-murray, for any issues please contact him.]

tags: added: patch
Changed in apache2 (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Bryce Harrington (bryce)
tags: removed: server-todo
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