During system configuration, you preselect which classes of audit records to monitor. You can also fine-tune the degree of auditing that is done for individual users. The following figure shows details of the flow of auditing in Oracle Solaris.
Figure 1 Flow of Auditing
You use the auditconfig command to specify the audit parameters for your system. In addition, you can modify the audit flags to preselect which audit classes are to be audited for a process.
The audit_binfile plugin places binary audit records in /var/audit. By default, the audit_binfile plugin is active. Post-selection tools enable you to examine interesting parts of the audit trail.
The audit_remote plugin sends binary audit records across a protected link to a remote audit service that is running an audit remote server (ARS). Records received by the remote server can only be sent to a local binary file. See Managing the Audit Remote Server.
The audit_syslog plugin sends text summaries of audit records to the syslog utility.
Systems that install non-global zones can audit all zones identically from the global zone. These systems can also be configured to collect different records in the non-global zones. For more information, see Auditing on a System With Oracle Solaris Zones.