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Problems with -F exit!=-2 on x86_64



Amongst other things, I'm auditing all open calls on RHEL4 U4. I've
noticed that the dynamic linker generates a massive amount of noise,
most of which is open calls for files which don't exist. These are
uninteresting from an audit perspective as they don't relate to a
successful or unsuccessful attempt to read or write to a particular
file. On my workload, these make up about 45% of audit traffic. The exit
code for these failures is -2 (No such file or directory).

I tried the following on both i386 and x86_64:

auditctl -a exit,always -S open -F exit!=-2

This works exactly as expected on i386, but not on x86_64. The effect on
x86_64 is as if no filtering had been applied. However the following,
for eg, works fine:

auditctl -a exit,always -S open -F exit=3

I'm using auditd-1.0.15 from U5 (audit-1.0.15-2.EL4). I saw the same
behaviour on the vanilla auditd, version 1.0.14. Is this a known issue,
expected behaviour, or user error? If the former, I'll be happy to file
a BZ. However, I'd like to know if it's in user space or kernel space in
case I have to look at it myself.

Thanks,

Matt
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