Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 398201
auditd does not time stamp log entries in /var/log/audit/audit.log
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:12:23 EST
Description of problem:
auditd doesn't timestamp entries in /var/log/audit/audit.log
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. service auditd start
reading /var/log/audit/audit.log shows many entries, but they are not time stamped.
each entry whould indicate the time it was written to the log as is done for
/var/log/messages for instance.
When many selinux errors are being hunted down, it would be very useful to have
timestamps of each entry to easily associate system actions (starting a daemon
for example) with the actual error in audit.log.
The timestamps are already in the events - but encoded. The ausearch program is
the audit log viewer. It will extract the timestamp from the events and display
it for you. The '-i' option will do further interpretation. If you have done
something recent and want to see the avcs, use: ausearch --start recent -m avc
-i | less
If you can see the timestamps though ausearch, I'll go ahead and close this bug
Thanks. I used ausearch as you recommended and I can now see the times.
Closing bug report as mentioned above. If you have any questions about audit
feel free to contact myself or linux-audit mail list.