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Old 01-27-2011, 11:28 AM   #1
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File create/modify/delete monitoring with user account

We are looking to monitor and log selected application file systems for file create/modify/delete changes that will also include, user account that changed/deleted the file, file name and date and time of event. Everything I have looked at does not seem to provide all of the information that we need.

Inotify seems to monitor modify/create/delete but does not seem to provide the user account.

Auditd seems to monitor modify/create/append with user account, but not deletes.

We need to provide this information to auditing for Sarbane Oxley compliance.

Any software products available or ideas would greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time.
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I thought 'auditd' watched for any modifications to files, including delete.
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:19 PM   #3
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Yes, auditd can monitor deletes, via the unlink and rmdir syscalls. (This does not include "deletes" via renaming.)

For a list of syscalls, see the man syscalls man page. Unfortunately that list is not exhaustive, and does not contain the *at variants; you should be prepared to audit those too.

To monitor file and directory access, I'd audit these syscalls:
  • Opening or creating a file or directory:
    open, openat, creat, link, linkat, mkdir, mkdirat, mknod, mknodat, symlink, symlinkat
  • Deletion and renaming:
    ftruncate, ftruncate64, rename, renameat, rmdir, truncate, truncate64, unlink, unlinkat
  • Modifying file or directory ownership
    chown, chown32, fchown, fchown32, fchownat, lchown, lchown32
  • Changing access mode or attributes
    chmod, fchmod, fchmodat, fremovexattr, fsetxattr, lremovexattr, lsetxattr, removexattr, setxattr
  • Modifying timestamps:
    futimesat, utime, utimensat, utimes
  • Directory traversal:
    chdir, fchdir
This list should be complete. Do check, though. I'd also personally appreciate if somebody notices some I'm not aware of.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:11 PM   #4
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Thank you

Thank you very much for your time and the responses. This will give us what we are looking for.

Thanks again,


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