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Re: Using Audit to create a realtime process creation monitor



On Friday 24 October 2008 18:43:34 Bruno Gustavo Wallauer wrote:
> I'm working on a system that needs a realtime process creation tool
> (using C programming), getting the pid ppid and path of the process.

Should be possible, but it requires a kernel patch to really be right. I think 
the patch is landing in the RHEL5.3 kernel and 2.6.28. What it does is gives 
2 event records on fork/clone.


> I've been trying to use the audit subsystem to do this, but no matter
> which way I tried, so far I hadn't been successful.
>
> I've tried these for task creation:
>
>     - auditctl -a entry,always -S fork -S vfork -S clone
>             This way I can't know the pid of the new process, just the
> caller;

This rule should do it. That is what the kernel patch fixes. You would get 2 
records now. This was fixed under, bz#461831


> And this for task destruction:
>
>     - auditctl -a entry,always -S exit -S exit_group
>              Works most of the time, but doesn't catch "killall sshd"
> (doesn't get the "sshd is dying" part).

Some tasks exit in a strange way. Have you tried stracing sshd to see how it 
exits?

-Steve


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