Exim /var/log/messages files are large

Hi,

I have a number of large exim related files in /var/log in the format of messages-{date}, currently they're taking up around 13Gb of disc space.

I've edited one of the smaller files and found that it's full of lines such as this...

Oct 22 11:49:45 server atd[5687]: File a0026c01664a08 is in wrong format - aborting
Oct 22 11:49:45 server atd[5688]: File a0026e01665554 is in wrong format - aborting
Oct 22 11:49:45 server atd[5689]: File a0026f01665af4 is in wrong format - aborting
Oct 22 11:49:45 server atd[5693]: File a002520165c316 is in wrong format - aborting
Oct 22 11:49:45 server atd[5694]: File a0026d01664fa7 is in wrong format - aborting
Oct 22 11:49:45 server atd[5695]: File a0024f0165b7d6 is in wrong format - aborting
Oct 22 11:49:45 server atd[5696]: File a0026c01664a08 is in wrong format - aborting
Oct 22 11:49:45 server atd[5700]: File a0026e01665554 is in wrong format - aborting
Oct 22 11:49:45 server atd[5701]: File a0026f01665af4 is in wrong format - aborting

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I can free up the space by deleting this files, but I'm going to guess this won't resolve the problem.

Can anyone shed any light on my these messages are being logged and how I can stop them?
SheppardDigitalAsked:
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gheistCommented:
atd has nothing to do with exim. you installed shellshock patch but did not upgrade at(d) that relies on unpatched bash.
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SheppardDigitalAuthor Commented:
ah ok, I didn't update anything on the server, it must have done it as part of a cpanel update.

How would I go about updating it?
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gheistCommented:
Given deep detail you gave on your system:
Use package manager to figure out which package contains atd daemon and then upgrade that package.
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SheppardDigitalAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I don't know how to do that. I can only do the basics with a the system. It's mainly a development server so I wouldn't normally be concerned about this, however I keep needing to clear disk space every few days which is becoming a pain.

I believe it's a Linux VPS running Centos 6.6 and has WHM/Cpanel installed.
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gheistCommented:
Centos ->
yum upgrade at ; service atd restart

and messages should stop.
Old logs will disappear in 5 weeks ( you can delete oldest yourself if there is any issue)
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