AUDITD(8)               System Administration Utilities              AUDITD(8)

       auditd - The Linux Audit daemon

       auditd [-f] [-l] [-n] [-s disable|enable|nochange] [-c <config_dir>]

       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
       system or loading 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. Alternately, 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.

       -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.

              specify when starting if auditd should change the current value
              for the kernel enabled flag. Valid values for ENABLE_STATE are
              "disable", "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

       -c     Specify alternate config file directory. Note that this same
              directory will be passed to the dispatcher. (default:

       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 successful, error handling is controlled by
              space_left_action, admin_space_left_action, disk_full_action,
              and disk_error_action parameters in auditd.conf.

              caused auditd to discontinue processing audit events, write a
              shutdown audit event, and exit.

              causes auditd to immediately rotate the logs. It will consult
              the max_log_file_action to see if it should keep the logs or

              causes auditd to attempt to resume logging. This is usually
              needed after logging has been suspended.

       /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.

       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

       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.

       auditd.conf(5), audispd(8), ausearch(8), aureport(8), auditctl(8),
       augenrules(8), audit.rules(7).

       Steve Grubb

Red Hat                            Sept 2013                         AUDITD(8)