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A few times I have come across this in a log file:

Sep 17 09:35:57 00187d378926 ovpn-00187d378926[1701]: /sbin/ifconfig tun0 0.0.0.0
Sep 17 09:35:57 00187d378926 kernel: Kernel logging (proc) stopped.
Sep 17 09:35:57 00187d378926 rsyslogd: [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="4.6.4" x-pid="1707" x-info="http://www.rsyslog.com"] exiting on signal 15.
^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@
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^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@

What does it mean? Sometimes it is a single line, other times it is lots of lines. I usually see it happen on Debian 6 machines.

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I believe that these are NULL (0x00) characters. Just from the segment of the log file that you have presented, looks like a reboot. It is possible that the buffer to be written out to the logfile was a little corrupt due to the stopping of the kernel logging daemon while attempting to write out something. This is only an educated guess however.

Summary: I'd not be overly converned from what I see here.

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