The audit service uses the following files:
The /etc/system file contains commands that the kernel reads during initialization to customize the system operations. The bsmconv and bsmunconv shell scripts, which are used to activate and deactivate auditing, modify the /etc/system file. The bsmconv shell script adds the following line to the /etc/system file:
The set c2audit:audit_load=1 entry causes the kernel module for auditing to be loaded when the system is booted. The bsmunconv shell script disables auditing when the system is rebooted. The command removes the c2audit line from the /etc/system file.
The /etc/syslog.conf file works with the audit_syslog.so plugin to store audit records in text format. The syslog.conf file can be configured to enable the syslog utility to store audit records. For an example, see How to Configure syslog Audit Logs.
The /etc/security/audit_class file defines the audit classes. Audit classes are groups of audit events. You use the class name in the audit_control file to preselect the classes whose events you want to audit. The classes accept prefixes to select only failed events or only successful events. For more information, see Audit Class Syntax.
The superuser, or an administrator in an equivalent role, can modify the definitions of audit classes. This administrator can define new audit classes, rename existing classes, or otherwise change existing classes by editing the audit_class file in a text editor. For more information, see the audit_class(4) man page.
The /etc/security/audit_control file on each system contains configuration information for the auditd daemon. The file enables every system to mount a remote audit file system to store their audit records.
You can specify five kinds of information in the audit_control file. Each line of information begins with a keyword.
flags keyword – Begins the entry that preselects which classes of events are audited for all users on the system. The audit classes that are specified here determine the system-wide audit preselection mask. The audit classes are separated by commas.
naflags keyword – Begins the entry that preselects which classes of events are audited when an action cannot be attributed to a specific user. The audit classes are separated by commas. The na event class belongs in this entry. The naflags entry can be used to log other event classes that are normally attributable but cannot be attributed. For example, if a program that starts at boot reads a file, then an fr in the naflags entry would create a record for that event.
The p_minfree attribute defines the minimum free-space level for all audit file systems as a percentage. The percentage must be equal to 0 or greater than 0. The default is 20 percent. When an audit file system is 80 percent full, the audit data is then stored in the next available audit directory. For more information, see the audit_warn(1M) man page.
The p_dir attribute lists the directory locations. Each line value defines an audit file system and directory that the system uses to store its audit files. You can specify one or more directory locations. The order of the values is significant. The auditd daemon creates audit files in the directories in the specified order. The first directory is the primary audit directory for the system. The second directory is the secondary audit directory where the auditd daemon creates audit files when the first directory becomes full, and so on. For more information, see the audit(1M) man page.
plugin keyword – Specifies the plugin path for the plugin modules audit_binfile.so and audit_syslog.so. The audit_binfile.so module handles the creation of binary audit files. The audit_syslog.so module provides real-time conversion of Solaris audit records to text. The audit classes that are specified in the p_flags attribute of the audit_syslog.so plugin must be a subset of the preselected audit classes.
Example 31-2 Sample audit_control File
The following is a sample audit_control file for the system noddy. noddy uses two audit file systems on the audit server blinken, and a third audit file system that is mounted from the second audit server winken. The third file system is used only when the audit file systems on blinken become full or unavailable. The minfree value of 20 percent specifies that the warning script is run when the file systems are 80 percent full. The settings specify that logins and administrative operations are to be audited. The operations are audited for success and for failure. Failures of all types, except failures to create a file system object, are to be audited. Nonattributable events are also audited. The syslog audit log records fewer audit events. This log contains text summaries of failed logins and failed administrative operations.
In the Solaris 10 release, the dir and minfree lines are deprecated. In the following example, the plugin lines do not contain a line break.
flags:lo,am,-all,^-fc naflags:lo,nt plugin:name=audit_binfile.so; p_minfree=20; p_dir=/var/audit/blinken/files, /var/audit/blinken.1/files,/var/audit/winken plugin:name=audit_syslog.so; p_flags=-lo,-am
The /etc/security/audit_event file contains the default audit event-class mappings. You can edit this file to change the class mappings. When you change class mappings, you must reboot the system or run the auditconfig -conf command to read the changed mappings into the kernel. For more information, see the audit_event(4) man page.
The /etc/security/audit_startup script automatically configures the auditing service when the system enters multiuser mode. The auditd daemon starts after the script performs the following tasks:
Configures the audit event-class mappings
Sets the audit policy options
For more information, see the audit_startup(1M) man page.
The /etc/security/audit_user database modifies the system-wide preselected classes for an individual user. The classes that you add to a user's entry in the audit_user database modify the settings in the audit_control file in two ways:
By specifying audit classes that are always to be audited for this user
By specifying audit classes that are never to be audited for this user
Each user entry in the audit_user database contains three fields:
The always-audit-classes field turns on the auditing of the classes in that field. Use this field to modify system-wide settings. For example, putting all in the always-audit-classes field audits everything for a user.
The never-audit-classes field turns off the auditing of the classes in that field. Use this field to override system settings. Putting all in the never-audit-classes field turns off all auditing for the user, even the audit classes that are specified in the audit_control file.
Suppose that you want to apply the system-wide audit settings to the user tamiko, except for successful reads of file system objects. Note the placement of the second colon (:) in the following audit_user entry:
tamiko:^+fr:no modify system defaults for fr
The preceding entry means, “always audit everything, except for successful file reads.”
If you want to audit everything for user tamiko with the exception of successful file reads, you use the following entry:
tamiko:all,^+fr:no audit everything except fr
Suppose that you want to override system defaults for successful file-reads for user tamiko. The following entry means “always audit everything, but never audit successful file reads.”
tamiko:all:+fr override system defaults for fr
Note - Successful events and failed events are treated separately. A process could generate more audit records for failed events than for successful events.
The /etc/security/audit_warn script notifies an email alias when the auditd daemon encounters an unusual condition while writing audit records. You can customize this script for your site to warn of conditions that might require manual intervention. Or, you could specify how to handle those conditions automatically. For all error conditions, the audit_warn script writes a message to syslog with the severity of daemon.alert. You can use syslog.conf to configure console display of syslog messages. The audit_warn script also sends a message to the audit_warn email alias. You set up this alias as part of audit configuration.
The audit_warn script is invoked with the string soft and the name of the directory whose available space is below the minimum value. The auditd daemon switches automatically to the next suitable directory. The daemon writes the audit files in this new directory until the directory reaches its minfree limit. The auditd daemon then goes to each remaining directory in the order that is listed in the audit_control file. The daemon writes audit records until each directory is at its minfree limit.
The audit_warn script is invoked with the string allsoft. A message is written to the console. Email is also sent to the audit_warn alias.
When all audit directories that are listed in the audit_control file have reached their minfree threshold, the auditd daemon switches back to the first directory. The daemon writes audit records until the directory becomes completely full.
The audit_warn script is invoked with the string hard and the name of the directory. A message is written to the console. Email is also sent to the audit_warn alias.
The auditd daemon switches automatically to the next suitable directory with any space available. The auditd daemon goes to each remaining directory in the order that is listed in the audit_control file. The daemon writes audit records until each directory is full.
By default, a message is written to the console. Email is also sent to the audit_warn alias. Processes that would otherwise generate audit records continue to occur, but audit records are counted. Audit records are not generated. For an example of how to handle this situation, see Example 30-16 and How to Prevent Audit Trail Overflow.
If the perzone audit policy is set, the non-global zone's instance of auditd calls the zone's audit_warn script. For further information, see the audit_warn(1M) man page.
The /etc/security/bsmconv script enables the audit service. The bsmunconv command disables the audit service. After the bsmconv script is run, you configure the audit directories and audit configuration files. Upon reboot, auditing is enabled.
For further information, see the bsmconv(1M) man page.