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First of all, the server specs:

VPS - OpenVZ, Ubuntu 14, Kernel 3.10

Now, it appears that the cron daemon is not running ANY crojobs at all and i cannot find out why.

I tried:

  • Rebooting the server.
  • Restarting the cron daemon
  • Changing permissions in /etc/crontab, /etc/cron.d, /etc/cron.daily and /var/spool/cron
  • Disabling one by one, the cron jobs from crontab, cron.d and spool ones.
  • Changing permission in /usr/sbin
  • Upgrading vixie cron
  • Removing the pam_loginuid.so in pam.d
  • Changing passwords around (to the ones I think were the first ones)
  • Tried making a cron job that outputs a logfile every minute in /etc/crontab file, user crontab and root crontab

and I still cannot find a solution.

NOTE: Whenever i changed permissions to files, I used another fresh Debian install for reference.

Also, there is this message that is being written to cron.log every minute and also, cannot find the source of it. Attaching image: cron.log

This is my last resort before doing a full system reinstall.

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I cannot comment as yet so I have to post this as an answer.

You didn't mentioned whether you checked your /var/log/auth.log file.

This error is usually caused by a pam module so this log should give you some hints.

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  • The last 2k lines of that file are just failed SSH login attempts from random people trying to brute force and nothing else – Homeroe Jan 10 at 14:58

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