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2012/05/05, updated 2012/12/15
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solaris auditd plugin


tags: solaris auditd


The Solaris Basic Security Model (BSM) audit daemon (auditd(1M)) provides a detailed, (potentially) off-host audit record of executed processes, file activity, logins/logouts, etc and can contribute to US DoD C2-class TCSEC certification.

The audit subsystem generates events. The configuration is chosen by the administrator to select only interesting events for that environment. These events are queued to configurable plugin event handlers defined in /etc/security/audit_control.

Solaris 10 provides two such plugins which are shared objects in /usr/lib/security:

OpenSolaris/Solaris 11 provides a third:

If we could write our own plugin we could:

private: keep out

Unfortunately the auditd(1M) plugin API in Solaris 10 and 11 is private. The functions that we need to implement are:

Their prototypes can be found in <security/auditd.h>.

The simplest way to understand these functions is to read the OpenSolaris implementations under usr/src/lib/auditd_plugins.

 * auditd_plugin_open(), auditd_plugin() and auditd_plugin_close()
 * implement a replaceable library for use by auditd; they are a
 * project private interface and may change without notice.

It looks like this API was going to be opened at some point but I wouldn't count on that today.

Other useful BSM functions are provided in libbsm(3LIB).

function synopsis

If that hasn't put you off, here is a quick synopsis of the three functions to be implemented.

auditd_plugin_open() initializes the plugin from the values defined in the audit_control(4) file:

auditd_rc_t auditd_plugin_open(
    const kva_t *kvlist,
    char **ret_list,
    char **error_text);

audit_plugin() processes one record from the audit subsystem. This is where the action happens.

auditd_rc_t auditd_plugin(
    const char *buffer,
    size_t buf_len,
    uint32_t sequence,
    char **error_text);

auditd_plugin_close() performs shutdown/cleanup operations for the plugin when the audit daemon terminates.

auditd_rc_t auditd_plugin_close(
    char **error_text);


Implementing the above three functions is not difficult but there are some not-immediately-obvious things to be aware of:

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