Migration of audit messages from snoopy to auditd

Tuesday, 20th April 2010

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This article explains the migration from the previous service "Snoopy" to "Auditd". Only commands that are executed as a user with root rights should be recorded here.


Uninstall/disable snoopy

Configuration of auditd

Files needed
Auditd start/stop script


Rules for monitoring by auditd


Auditd plugin for syslog service


Edit the /etc/audit/audit.rules file
Auditd can be specifically configured to capture and exclude messages. The following list is helpful for excluding certain event entries ("msgtype"):

* 1000 – 1099 are for commanding the audit system
* 1100 – 1199 user space trusted application messages
* 1200 – 1299 messages internal to the audit daemon
* 1300 – 1399 audit event messages
* 1400 – 1499 kernel SE Linux use
* 1500 – 1599 AppArmor events
* 1600 – 1699 kernel crypto events
* 1700 – 1799 kernel abnormal records
* 1800 – 1999 future kernel use (maybe integrity labels and related events)
* 2001 – 2099 unused (kernel)
* 2100 – 2199 user space anomaly records
* 2200 – 2299 user space actions taken in response to anomalies
* 2300 – 2399 user space generated LSPP events
* 2400 – 2499 user space crypto events
* 2500 – 2999 future user space (maybe integrity labels and related events)

Adding the rules

In order for auditd to record the desired events, rules must be defined.

List of rules set up
Below is a list and explanation of the rules set up:

-a exclude,always -F msgtype>=2400 -F msgtype<=2499
-a exclude,always -F msgtype=PATH
-a exclude,always -F msgtype=CWD
-a exclude,always -F msgtype=EOE
-a exit,always -F arch=b64 -F auid!=0 -F auid!=4294967295 -S execve
-a exit,always -F arch=b32 -F auid!=0 -F auid!=4294967295 -S execve

The first rule excludes crypto events in user space – these include, for example, messages about a user logging in.
The second through fourth rules remove the information not necessary for monitoring before it is logged.
The fifth and sixth rules capture the commands entered by users moving within an interactive shell. Services etc. executed by the system are therefore not recorded.
It should be noted here that a separate rule must be created for systems that contain both 32- and 64-bit commands and libraries.

Rule syntax

In general, it makes sense to keep the number of existing rules low in order to reduce the load. Therefore, if possible, several rule fields (-F option) should be combined in one rule. Since Auditd obviously has a problem with multiple event entries that are defined in plain text, these have been created in individual rules. The syntax description of the individual rules is given in the next listing:

-a contains the instructions
The action value "exclude" and the list value "always" are specified for rules that should not lead to any log entry
The action values ​​"exit" and "always" have been specified for rules that should lead to a log entry
"exit" stands for a log entry after the command has been executed
-F defines a rules field
Depending on the application, the rules defined here filter by event entry ("msgtype"), architecture ("arch") and login UID ("auid").
-S stands for the syscall. In the rules that should lead to a log entry, the value "execve" is monitored – i.e. when commands are executed.

Redirect to syslog

Within the file /etc/audisp/plugins.d/syslog.conf the value

active = no

active = yes

restart auditd with the command

/etc/init.d/auditd restart
the settings are accepted.

Additional information

The following man pages can be consulted for more information:


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