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Hi, we have what I think is a new but undesirable result trying to audit access failures on files in a NISPOM audit configuration.

We are not seeing audit events for the access failures if the file has a parent directory in the path that blocks access.


Directory                             Permission

/var                                       755

/var/test                              755

/var/test/bin                     700

/var/test/bin/file             740


If an unprivileged user attempts to change /var/test/bin/file there is no audit event recorded, either for the file or the parent directory /var/test/bin.

Our theory is that the failure to open the /var/test/bin directory causes the audit path to be broken, or something to the like, please excuse my terminology faux pas.

 This is happening on the following configuration:

-          Kernel  - 2.6.18-238.5.1.el5

-          Auditd - 1.7.18-2.el5


We have tried the following auditd rules (among others), no change in result:

-          -w /var/test/bin/file –p rwxa

-          -a exit,always –S open –F path=/var/test/bin/file –F success=0

-          -a exit,always –S open –R dir=/var/test/ -F success=0


And, this is something New, we have been using watches to audit this file for years with previous kernel and auditd versions, such as:

-          Kernel -  2.6.9-100.ELsmp

-          Auditd -  1.0.16-4.el4_8.1


On this system we get audit events for access failures using a simple file watch.


Are we missing something obvious?

Thanks! For any help,


Tom Call, LMCO

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