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extd_audit

This module is identical with the audit module above except that it sends audit logs to both syslog as well as the smbd log files. The log level for this module is set in the smb.conf file.

Valid settings and the information that will be recorded are shown in the next table.

Table22.1.Extended Auditing Log Information

Log Level Log Details - File and Directory Operations
0 Make Directory, Remove Directory, Unlink
1 Open Directory, Rename File, Change Permissions/ACLs
2 Open & Close File
10 Maximum Debug Level

Configuration of Auditing

This auditing tool is more felxible than most people readily will recognize. There are a number of ways by which useful logging information can be recorded.

  • Syslog can be used to record all transaction. This can be disabled by setting in the smb.conf file syslog = 0 .

  • Logging can take place to the default log file (log.smbd) for all loaded VFS modules just by setting in the smb.conf file log level = 0 vfs:x , where x is the log level. This will disable general logging while activating all logging of VFS module activity at the log level specified.

  • Detailed logging can be obtained per user, per client machine, etc. This requires the above together with the creative use of the log file settings.

    An example of detailed per-user and per-machine logging can be obtained by setting log file = /var/log/samba/%U.%m.log.

Auditing information often must be preserved for a long time. So that the log files do not get rotated it is essential that the max log size = 0 be set in the smb.conf file.

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