Bug 987699 - action_mail_account doesn't work for any remote email address (is it deprecated?)
action_mail_account doesn't work for any remote email address (is it deprecat...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: audit (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Steve Grubb
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-07-23 18:42 EDT by Jamie Nguyen
Modified: 2015-02-18 09:01 EST (History)
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Description Jamie Nguyen 2013-07-23 18:42:09 EDT
email_alert_recipients works fine:

With default auditd.conf, auditd starts at boot and setroubleshootd sends the appropriate AVC alert emails (if I've listed my email address in "email_alert_recipients" file). The setroubleshootd emails get to my email account fine, so I know postfix is configured correctly.

action_email_account doesn't work:

Trying to configure auditd to send an email to a remote email address causes auditd to fail to start.

This line is the only line I've changed in /etc/audit/auditd.conf:
  action_mail_account = j@jamielinux.com

This is the output from journalctl -u auditd:
  auditd.service: main process exited, code=exited, status=6/NOTCONFIGURED
  Failed to start Security Auditing Service.

Deprecated option?:

I'm guessing "email_alert_recipients" is the recommended way of sending emails to a remote address?

Judging by a previous email of mine to fedora-selinux, specifying a remote email address for action_mail_account did previously work:


Does action_mail_account no longer support remote email addresses? (Or perhaps this is a configuration error on my part.)

Other information:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Minimal install of Fedora 19
2. Change action_mail_account in /etc/audit/auditd.conf to remote email
3. Enable sendmail or postfix with completely-untouched-default configuration
4. Reboot
5. auditd.service fails to start
Comment 1 Steve Grubb 2013-07-24 10:12:47 EDT
Its not deprecated. I changed admin_space_left_action to EMAIL and set the action_mail_account to my redhat email. Starts fine for me. You might check syslog to see if any errors were reported. There are very few cases where auditd exits without saying why in syslog.
Comment 2 Jamie Nguyen 2013-07-24 12:36:42 EDT
After some private discussion with Steve, here's a summary of the situation:

I wrongly assumed that action_mail_account would send an email for AVC alerts, but that isn't the case. That's what setroubleshoot is for.

Nonetheless, setting any remote email address still appears to prevent auditd.service from starting at boot without any error messages.

Strangely /sbin/auditd runs fine from the command-line without any error messages. auditd.service still fails at boot if selinux is set to permissive. This is tested on a fresh minimal install F19 VM, with postfix and sending email known to be working.
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