[FreeBSD-Announce] Foundation Funding auditdistd Project

Deb Goodkin deb at freebsdfoundation.org
Thu Jan 12 23:29:07 UTC 2012

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Pawel Jakub Dawidek has
been awarded a grant to implement auditdistd daemon.

The FreeBSD audit facility provides fine-grained, configurable logging
of security-relevant events.  One of the key purposes of logging
security events is postmortem analysis in case of system compromise.
Currently the kernel can push audit records directly into a file or make
them available through /dev/auditpipe device.  Because audit logs are
stored locally by the kernel, an attacker has access to them once the
system is compromised, which enables him to remove trails of his

The auditdistd project goal is to securely and reliabily distribute
audit records over the TCP/IP network from a local auditdistd daemon to
a remote auditdistd daemon. In case of source system compromise,
attacker's activity can be analysed using data collected by the remote
system, as only remote system's audit logs can be trusted then.

The project will conclude in February 2012.

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