Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1005202
running "ausearch -m avc,user_avc -ts today" over ssh gets stuck
Last modified: 2015-04-06 23:10:55 EDT
Description of problem:
running on RHEL 6.4/6.5
ssh 10.34.63.19 ausearch -m avc,user_avc -ts today
while running the command on the node returns result immediately
ausearch -m avc,user_avc -ts today
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
rpm -qa audit
Steps to Reproduce:
1. run ssh $IP ausearch -m avc,user_avc -ts today
command gets stuck
command returns valid response
this BZ was raised based on bug 1005066 , there is some more information which might be useful
I have no idea why it would get stuck. It uses printf to write out the findings. Maybe strace would help locate the problem?
Created attachment 795507 [details]
Thanks for the strace. It shows the client end waiting for something. What I am curious about is what ausearch is doing. If this is still reproducable, could you get an strace of ausearch? Thanks.
Created attachment 798111 [details]
If it may help, ssh -t seems to solve the issue.
Derrick Ornelas says:
The issue appears to be that the ausearch command requires a controlling TTY(pty), and hangs indefinitely without access to one.
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Florian pointed out in bug 1032706 that this is actually expected behaviour when stdin is a pipe:
> ausearch doesn't need a TTY, it alters behavior if the input is a pipe.
> This is documented behavior, mentioned in the manpage:
> Use the log file location from auditd.conf as input for search‐
> ing. This is needed if you are using ausearch from a cron job.
And reading the log from stdin is mentioned in the opening paragraph of the man pages for ausearch and aureport (which has the same logic):
"The ausearch utility can also take input from stdin as long as the input
is the raw log data."
Seems this is NOTABUG.