Sudo Log Server Manual
sudo event and I/O log
sudo_logsrvd is a high-performance log
server that accepts event and I/O logs from
can be used to implement centralized logging of
logs. The server has two modes of operation: local and relay. By default,
sudo_logsrvd stores the logs locally but it can also
be configured to relay them to another server that supports the
When not relaying, event log entries may be logged either via
syslog(3) or to a local
file. I/O Logs stored locally by
sudo_logsrvd can be
replayed via the sudoreplay(8) utility in the same way as logs generated directly by
The server also supports restarting interrupted log transfers. To distinguish completed I/O logs from incomplete ones, the I/O log timing file is set to be read-only when the log is complete.
Configuration parameters for
may be specified in the sudo_logsrvd.conf(5) file or the file specified via the
sudo_logsrvd rereads its configuration
file when it receives SIGHUP and writes server state to the debug file (if
one is configured) when it receives SIGUSR1.
The options are as follows:
- Read configuration from file instead of the default, /etc/sudo_logsrvd.conf.
- Display a short help message to the standard output and exit.
sudo_logsrvdin the foreground instead of detaching from the terminal and becoming a daemon.
- For each message, there is a percentage chance that the server will drop the connection. This is only intended for debugging the ability of a client to restart a connection.
- Print the
sudo_logsrvdversion and exit.
Securing server connections
The I/O log data sent to
contain sensitive information such as passwords and should be secured using
Transport Layer Security (TLS). Doing so requires having a signed
certificate on the server and, if
is enabled in sudo_logsrvd.conf(5), a signed certificate on the client as well.
The certificates can either be signed by a well-known Certificate Authority (CA), or a private CA can be used. Instructions for creating a private CA are included below in the EXAMPLES section.
sudo_logsrvd supports a flexible debugging
framework that is configured via
Debug lines in the
For more information on configuring sudo.conf(5), please refer to its manual.
- Sudo front end configuration
- Sudo log server configuration file
- Directory where new journals are stored when the store_first relay setting is enabled.
- Directory where completed journals are stored when the store_first relay setting is enabled.
- Default I/O log file location
- Process ID file for
Creating self-signed certificates
Unless you are using certificates signed by a well-known
Certificate Authority (or a local enterprise CA), you will need to create
your own CA that can sign the certificates used by
sudoers plugin. The following steps use the
openssl(1) command to
create keys and certificates.
First, we need to create a directory structure to store the files for the CA. We'll create a new directory hierarchy in /etc/ssl/sudo for this purpose.
# mkdir /etc/ssl/sudo # cd /etc/ssl/sudo # mkdir certs csr newcerts private # chmod 700 private # touch index.txt # echo 1000 > serial
The serial and index.txt files are used to keep track of signed certificates.
Next, we need to make a copy of the openssl.conf file and customize it for our new CA. The path to openssl.cnf is system-dependent but /etc/ssl/openssl.cnf is the most common location. You will need to adjust the example below if it has a different location on your system.
# cp /etc/ssl/openssl.cnf .
Now edit the openssl.cnf file in the current directory and make sure it contains “ca” and “CA_default” sections. Those sections should include the following settings:
[ ca ] default_ca = CA_default
[ CA_default ] dir = /etc/ssl/sudo certs = $dir/certs database = $dir/index.txt certificate = $dir/cacert.pem serial = $dir/serial
If your openssl.conf file already has a “CA_default” section, you may only need to modify the “dir” setting.
Creating the CA key and certificate
In order to create and sign our own certificates, we need to create a private key and a certificate for the root of the CA. First, create the private key and protect it with a pass phrase:
# openssl genrsa -aes256 -out private/cakey.pem 4096 # chmod 400 private/cakey.pem
Next, generate the root certificate, using appropriate values for the site-specific fields:
# openssl req -config openssl.cnf -key private/cakey.pem \ -new -x509 -days 7300 -sha256 -extensions v3_ca \ -out cacert.pem
Enter pass phrase for private/cakey.pem: You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated into your certificate request. What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN. There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank. For some fields there will be a default value, If you enter ‘.’, the field will be left blank.
Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:US State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:Colorado Locality Name (eg, city) : Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]:sudo Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) :sudo Certificate Authority Common Name (e.g., server FQDN or YOUR name) :sudo Root CA Email Address :
# chmod 444 cacert.pem
Finally, verify the root certificate:
# openssl x509 -noout -text -in cacert.pem
Creating and signing certificates
The server and client certificates will be signed by the previously created root CA. Usually, the root CA is not used to sign server/client certificates directly. Instead, intermediate certificates are created and signed with the root CA and the intermediate certs are used to sign CSRs (Certificate Signing Request). In this example we'll skip this part for simplicity's sake and sign the CSRs with the root CA.
First, generate the private key without a pass phrase.
# openssl genrsa -out private/logsrvd_key.pem 2048 # chmod 400 private/logsrvd_key.pem
Next, create a certificate signing request (CSR) for the server's certificate. The organization name must match the name given in the root certificate. The common name should be either the server's IP address or a fully qualified domain name.
# openssl req -config openssl.cnf -key private/logsrvd_key.pem -new \ -sha256 -out csr/logsrvd_csr.pem
Enter pass phrase for private/logsrvd_key.pem: You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated into your certificate request. What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN. There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank. For some fields there will be a default value, If you enter ‘.’, the field will be left blank.
Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:US State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:Colorado Locality Name (eg, city) : Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]:sudo Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) :sudo log server Common Name (e.g., server FQDN or YOUR name) :logserver.example.com Email Address :
Please enter the following ’extra’ attributes to be sent with your certificate request A challenge password : An optional company name :
Now sign the CSR that was just created:
# openssl ca -config openssl.cnf -days 375 -notext -md sha256 \ -in csr/logsrvd_csr.pem -out certs/logsrvd_cert.pem
Using configuration from openssl.cnf Enter pass phrase for ./private/cakey.pem: Check that the request matches the signature Signature ok Certificate Details: Serial Number: 4096 (0x1000) Validity Not Before: Nov 11 14:05:05 2019 GMT Not After : Nov 20 14:05:05 2020 GMT Subject: countryName = US stateOrProvinceName = Colorado organizationName = sudo organizationalUnitName = sudo log server commonName = logserve.example.com X509v3 extensions: X509v3 Basic Constraints: CA:FALSE Netscape Comment: OpenSSL Generated Certificate X509v3 Subject Key Identifier: 4C:50:F9:D0:BE:1A:4C:B2:AC:90:76:56:C7:9E:16:AE:E6:9E:E5:B5 X509v3 Authority Key Identifier: keyid:D7:91:24:16:B1:03:06:65:1A:7A:6E:CF:51:E9:5C:CB:7A:95:3E:0C
Certificate is to be certified until Nov 20 14:05:05 2020 GMT (375 days) Sign the certificate? [y/n]:y
1 out of 1 certificate requests certified, commit? [y/n]y Write out database with 1 new entries Data Base Updated
Finally, verify the new certificate:
# openssl verify -CAfile cacert.pem certs/logsrvd_cert.pem certs/logsrvd_cert.pem: OK
The /etc/ssl/sudo/certs directory now
contains a signed and verified certificate for use with
To generate a client certificate, repeat the process above using a different file name.
Configuring sudo_logsrvd to use TLS
To use TLS for client/server communication, both
sudo_logsrvd and the
plugin need to be configured to use TLS. Configuring
sudo_logsrvd for TLS requires the following
settings, assuming the same path names used earlier:
# Listen on port 30344 for TLS connections to any address. listen_address = *:30344(tls)
# Path to the certificate authority bundle file in PEM format. tls_cacert = /etc/ssl/sudo/cacert.pem
# Path to the server’s certificate file in PEM format. tls_cert = /etc/ssl/sudo/certs/logsrvd_cert.pem
# Path to the server’s private key file in PEM format. tls_key = /etc/ssl/sudo/private/logsrvd_key.pem
The root CA cert (cacert.pem) must be
installed on the system running
peer authentication is enabled on the client, a copy of
cacert.pem must be present on the client system
sudo.conf(5), sudo_logsrvd.conf(5), sudoers(5), sudo(8), sudo_sendlog(8), sudoreplay(8)
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