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auditd(8) [freebsd man page]

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

NAME
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), auditdistd(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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AUDIT(8)						    BSD System Manager's Manual 						  AUDIT(8)

NAME
audit -- audit management utility SYNOPSIS
audit -e | -i | -n | -s | -t DESCRIPTION
The audit utility controls the state of the audit system. One of the following flags is required as an argument to audit: -e Forces the audit system to immediately remove audit log files that meet the expiration criteria specified in the audit control file without doing a log rotation. -i Initializes and starts auditing. This option is currently for Mac OS X only and requires auditd(8) to be configured to run under launchd(8). -n Forces the audit system to close the existing audit log file and rotate to a new log file in a location specified in the audit con- trol file. Also, audit log files that meet the expiration criteria specified in the audit control file will be removed. -s Specifies that the audit system should [re]synchronize its configuration from the audit control file. A new log file will be cre- ated. -t Specifies that the audit system should terminate. Log files are closed and renamed to indicate the time of the shutdown. NOTES
The auditd(8) daemon must already be running. Optionally, it can be configured to be started on-demand by launchd(8) (Mac OS X only). The audit utility requires audit administrator privileges for successful operation. FILES
/etc/security/audit_control Audit policy file used to configure the auditing system. SEE ALSO
audit(4), audit_control(5), auditd(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
January 29, 2009 BSD

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