ACCT-9628 - Audit daemon status

This information is provided as part of the Lynis community project. It is related to Lynis control ACCT-9628 and should be considered as-is and without guarantees. Any advice and commands should be tested before implementing them in production environments.

Control details


For Linux systems the Linux audit daemon can audit files and processes. This control checks for the status of the audit daemon. Suspicious changes or activities will trigger an event to be logged by the audit daemon.

How to solve

The Linux Audit Framework is a CAPP-compliant (Controlled Access Protection Profiles) auditing system. Support for the framework is usually enabled in Linux distributions and helps with monitoring events. Such events can range from changing the time, using specific system calls, or making changes to important files.

Every system has it own goal and data to protect. Depending on the confidentiality, the audit framework can help with monitoring expected and unexpected changes. It might be powerful in detecting any system intrusion, or monitoring the system integrity.

As the Linux audit framework has not a single good configuration, we have added more details to our Enterprise offering. If you need this service for your business systems, consider upgrading to the Enterprise version.

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.

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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)
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