AUSEARCH:(8) System Administration Utilities AUSEARCH:(8)
ausearch - a tool to query audit daemon logs
ausearch is a tool that can query the audit daemon logs based for events based on different search criteria. The ausearch utility can also
take input from stdin as long as the input is the raw log data. Each commandline option given forms an "and" statement. For example,
searching with -m and -ui means return events that have both the requested type and match the user id given. An exception is the -n option;
multiple nodes are allowed in a search which will return any matching node.
It should also be noted that each syscall excursion from user space into the kernel and back into user space has one event ID that is
unique. Any auditable event that is triggered during this trip share this ID so that they may be correlated.
Different parts of the kernel may add supplemental records. For example, an audit event on the syscall "open" will also cause the kernel to
emit a PATH record with the file name. The ausearch utility will present all records that make up one event together. This could mean that
even though you search for a specific kind of record, the resulting events may contain SYSCALL records.
Also be aware that not all record types have the requested information. For example, a PATH record does not have a hostname or a loginuid.
-a, --event audit-event-id
Search for an event based on the given event ID. Messages always start with something like msg=audit(1116360555.329:2401771). The
event ID is the number after the ':'. All audit events that are recorded from one application's syscall have the same audit event
ID. A second syscall made by the same application will have a different event ID. This way they are unique.
-c, --comm comm-name
Search for an event based on the given comm name. The comm name is the executable's name from the task structure.
-e, --exit exit-code-or-errno
Search for an event based on the given syscall exit code or errno.
-f, --file file-name
Search for an event based on the given filename.
-ga, --gid-all all-group-id
Search for an event with either effective group ID or group ID matching the given group ID.
-ge, --gid-effective effective-group-id
Search for an event with the given effective group ID or group name.
-gi, --gid group-id
Search for an event with the given group ID or group name.
-hn, --host host-name
Search for an event with the given host name. The hostname can be either a hostname, fully qualified domain name, or numeric network
address. No attempt is made to resolve numeric addresses to domain names or aliases.
Interpret numeric entities into text. For example, uid is converted to account name. The conversion is done using the current
resources of the machine where the search is being run. If you have renamed the accounts, or don't have the same accounts on your
machine, you could get misleading results.
-if, --input file-name
Use the given file instead of the logs. This is to aid analysis where the logs have been moved to another machine or only part of a
log was saved.
Use the log file location from auditd.conf as input for searching. This is needed if you are using ausearch from a cron job.
Stop after emitting the first event that matches the search criteria.
-k, --key key-string
Search for an event based on the given key string.
Flush output on every line. Most useful when stdout is connected to a pipe and the default block buffering strategy is undesirable.
May impose a performance penalty.
-m, --message message-type | comma-sep-message-type-list
Search for an event matching the given message type. You may also enter a comma separated list of message types. There is an ALL
message type that doesn't exist in the actual logs. It allows you to get all messages in the system. The list of valid messages
types is long. The program will display the list whenever no message type is passed with this parameter. The message type can be
either text or numeric. If you enter a list, there can be only commas and no spaces separating the list.
-n, --node node-name
Search for events originating from node name string. Multiple nodes are allowed, and if any nodes match, the event is matched.
-o, --object SE-Linux-context-string
Search for event with tcontext (object) matching the string.
-p, --pid process-id
Search for an event matching the given process ID.
-pp, --ppid parent-process-id
Search for an event matching the given parent process ID.
Output is completely unformatted. This is useful for extracting records that can still be interpretted by audit tools.
-sc, --syscall syscall-name-or-value
Search for an event matching the given syscall. You may either give the numeric syscall value or the syscall name. If you give the
syscall name, it will use the syscall table for the machine that you are using.
-se, --context SE-Linux-context-string
Search for event with either scontext/subject or tcontext/object matching the string.
Search for events matching the given Login Session ID. This process attribute is set when a user logs in and can tie any process to
a particular user login.
-su, --subject SE-Linux-context-string
Search for event with scontext (subject) matching the string.
-sv, --success success-value
Search for an event matching the given success value. Legal values are yes and no.
-te, --end [end-date] [end-time]
Search for events with time stamps equal to or before the given end time. The format of end time depends on your locale. If the date
is omitted, today is assumed. If the time is omitted, now is assumed. Use 24 hour clock time rather than AM or PM to specify time.
An example date using the en_US.utf8 locale is 09/03/2009. An example of time is 18:00:00. The date format accepted is influenced by
the LC_TIME environmental variab le.
You may also use the word: now, recent, today, yesterday, this-week, week-ago, this-month, this-year. Today means starting now.
Recent is 10 minutes ago. Yesterday is 1 second after midnight the previous day. This-week means starting 1 second after midnight on
day 0 of the week determined by your locale (see localtime). This-month means 1 second after midnight on day 1 of the month.
This-year means the 1 second after midnight on the first day of the first month.
-ts, --start [start-date] [start-time]
Search for events with time stamps equal to or after the given end time. The format of end time depends on your locale. If the date
is omitted, today is assumed. If the time is omitted, midnight is assumed. Use 24 hour clock time rather than AM or PM to specify
time. An example date using the en_US.utf8 locale is 09/03/2009. An example of time is 18:00:00. The date format accepted is influ-
enced by the LC_TIME environmental variable.
You may also use the word: now, recent, today, yesterday, this-week, this-month, this-year. Today means starting at 1 second after
midnight. Recent is 10 minutes ago. Yesterday is 1 second after midnight the previous day. This-week means starting 1 second after
midnight on day 0 of the week determined by your locale (see localtime). This-month means 1 second after midnight on day 1 of the
month. This-year means the 1 second after midnight on the first day of the first month.
-tm, --terminal terminal
Search for an event matching the given terminal value. Some daemons such as cron and atd use the daemon name for the terminal.
-ua, --uid-all all-user-id
Search for an event with either user ID, effective user ID, or login user ID (auid) matching the given user ID.
-ue, --uid-effective effective-user-id
Search for an event with the given effective user ID.
-ui, --uid user-id
Search for an event with the given user ID.
-ul, --loginuid login-id
Search for an event with the given login user ID. All entry point programs that are pamified need to be configured with pam_loginuid
required for the session for searching on loginuid (auid) to be accurate.
Print the version and exit
String based matches must match the whole word. This category of matches include: filename, hostname, terminal, and SE Linux con-
-x, --executable executable
Search for an event matching the given executable name.
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