ACCT-9626 - Sysstat accounting data

This information is provided as part of the Lynis community project. It is related to Lynis control ACCT-9626 and should be considered as-is and without guarantees. Any advice and commands should be tested before implementing them in production environments.

Control details


Sysstat collects system information

How to solve

Install the sysstat package to obtain the supporting tools


  • sar: collects and also reports about system activity information
  • iostat: reports CPU utilization and disk I/O stats
  • mpstat: reports global and processor stats
  • pidstat: reports statistics for Linux processes
  • sadf: displays data collected by sar
  • Need more details?

    Consider the upgrade to Lynis Enterprise to receive additional details and guidance. The Enterprise version helps to you with daily health checks of your environment, learn in-depth system hardening, and resources to protect your systems better.

    See demo


    Lynis is a technical security auditing tool for Unix flavors like Linux, macOS, AIX, Solaris, and *BSD. It is open source software and free to use. Typical usage include system hardening, compliance testing, and vulnerability scanning. The project has an active community, including development via GitHub.

    Lynis Enterprise

    Do you need to collect data from multiple systems or compliance reporting? Lynis Enterprise uses Lynis to collect the data and make your work easier.

    Benefits: automate security audits, detailed reporting, compliance testing.

    • Centralized management
    • Improvement plan with priorities
    • Reporting
    • Dashboards
    • Predefined policies
    • Integration (API)
    • Improvement snippets for tools like Ansible, Chef, Cfengine, Puppet, and SaltStack
    Take the Tour