If you got this  error message ,do the Following things to fix it. It doesn’t requires any reboot and it wont effect to production.
 testmachine11:~ # ls -ld /dev/null
crw——- 1 root root 1, 3 Apr 22  2012 /dev/null
 
 It is a character file, The permissions should be  666 for this one. So , change the permission to 666. after that you wont see that message. 
 
testmachine11:~ # chmod 666 /dev/null
 
testmachine11:~ # ls -ld /dev/null
crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 1, 3 Apr 22  2012 /dev/null
 
(OR)
 
You can delete it and recreate the /dev/null file. But first solution is little bit faster.  
 
To Remove it..
 #rm -f /dev/null
 
To create the special file for /dev/null 
#mknod /dev/null c 1 3
 
This creates the /dev/null special file that is a special character file with the major device number 1 and the minor device  number 3.
 
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Last Modified: October 25, 2013

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