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AUDITD(8)						  System Administration Utilities						 AUDITD(8)

auditd - The Linux Audit daemon SYNOPSIS
auditd [-f] [-l] [-n] [-s disable|enable|nochange] DESCRIPTION
auditd is the userspace component to the Linux Auditing System. It's responsible for writing audit records to the disk. Viewing the logs is done with the ausearch or aureport utilities. Configuring the audit rules is done with the auditctl utility. During startup, the rules in /etc/audit/audit.rules are read by auditctl and loaded into the kernel. Alterately, there is also an augenrules program that reads rules located in /etc/audit/rules.d/ and compiles them into an audit.rules file. The audit daemon itself has some configuration options that the admin may wish to customize. They are found in the auditd.conf file. OPTIONS
-f leave the audit daemon in the foreground for debugging. Messages also go to stderr rather than the audit log. -l allow the audit daemon to follow symlinks for config files. -n no fork. This is useful for running off of inittab or systemd. -s=ENABLE_STATE specify when starting if auditd should change the current value for the kernel enabled flag. Valid values for ENABLE_STATE are "dis- able", "enable" or "nochange". The default is to enable (and disable when auditd terminates). The value of the enabled flag may be changed during the lifetime of auditd using 'auditctl -e'. SIGNALS
SIGHUP causes auditd to reconfigure. This means that auditd re-reads the configuration file. If there are no syntax errors, it will proceed to implement the requested changes. If the reconfigure is successful, a DAEMON_CONFIG event is recorded in the logs. If not success- ful, error handling is controlled by space_left_action, admin_space_left_action, disk_full_action, and disk_error_action parameters in auditd.conf. SIGTERM caused auditd to discontinue processing audit events, write a shutdown audit event, and exit. SIGUSR1 causes auditd to immediately rotate the logs. It will consult the max_log_size_action to see if it should keep the logs or not. SIGUSR2 causes auditd to attempt to resume logging. This is usually needed after logging has been suspended. FILES
/etc/audit/auditd.conf - configuration file for audit daemon /etc/audit/audit.rules - audit rules to be loaded at startup /etc/audit/rules.d/ - directory holding individual sets of rules to be compiled into one file by augenrules. NOTES
A boot param of audit=1 should be added to ensure that all processes that run before the audit daemon starts is marked as auditable by the kernel. Not doing that will make a few processes impossible to properly audit. The audit daemon can receive audit events from other audit daemons via the audisp-remote audispd plugin. The audit daemon may be linked with tcp_wrappers to control which machines can connect. If this is the case, you can add an entry to hosts.allow and deny. SEE ALSO
auditd.conf(5), audispd(8), ausearch(8), aureport(8), auditctl(8), augenrules(8), audit.rules(7). AUTHOR
Steve Grubb Red Hat Sept 2013 AUDITD(8)

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AUDITD(8)						    BSD System Manager's Manual 						 AUDITD(8)

auditd -- audit log management daemon SYNOPSIS
auditd [-d | -l] DESCRIPTION
The auditd daemon responds to requests from the audit(8) utility and notifications from the kernel. It manages the resulting audit log files and specified log file locations. The options are as follows: -d Starts the daemon in debug mode -- it will not daemonize. -l This option is for when auditd is configured to start on-demand using launchd(8). Optionally, the audit review group "audit" may be created. Non-privileged users that are members of this group may read the audit trail log files. NOTE
To assure uninterrupted audit support, the auditd daemon should not be started and stopped manually. Instead, the audit(8) command should be used to inform the daemon to change state/configuration after altering the audit_control file. If auditd is started on-demand by launchd(8) then auditing should only be started and stopped with audit(8). On Mac OS X, auditd uses the asl(3) API for writing system log messages. Therefore, only the audit administrator and members of the audit review group will be able to read the system log entries. FILES
/var/audit Default directory for storing audit log files. /etc/security The directory containing the auditing configuration files audit_class(5), audit_control(5), audit_event(5), and audit_warn(5). COMPATIBILITY
The historical -h and -s flags are now configured using audit_control(5) policy flags ahlt and cnt, and are no longer available as arguments to auditd. SEE ALSO
asl(3), libauditd(3), audit(4), audit_class(5), audit_control(5), audit_event(5), audit_warn(5), audit(8), launchd(8) HISTORY
The OpenBSM implementation was created by McAfee Research, the security division of McAfee Inc., under contract to Apple Computer Inc. in 2004. It was subsequently adopted by the TrustedBSD Project as the foundation for the OpenBSM distribution. AUTHORS
This software was created by McAfee Research, the security research division of McAfee, Inc., under contract to Apple Computer Inc. Addi- tional authors include Wayne Salamon, Robert Watson, and SPARTA Inc. The Basic Security Module (BSM) interface to audit records and audit event stream format were defined by Sun Microsystems. BSD
December 11, 2008 BSD

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