NW Cfg: Local Audit Log Locations

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NetWitness Platform has global audit logging capabilities. When you configure global audit logging, audit logs from all NetWitness Platform components collect in a centralized system, which converts them into the required format and forwards them to a third-party syslog server or a Log Decoder. 

To view audit logs from the individual services, you can look at the local audit log locations.The following table shows the local directory paths of the audit logs for the NetWitness Platform user interface and the various NetWitness Platform services.

                         
Service/ModuleAudit Log Location
NetWitness Platform User Interface
(NetWitness Platform Web Server)

The NetWitness Platform user interface sends audit logs to the following locations:

  • /var/lib/netwitness/uax/logs/audit/audit.log (human-readable format)
  • Syslog running on the local host (JSON format)

The NetWitness Platform user interface uses the AUTH facility of syslog to write audit logs to syslog. You can only see audit logs in the first location (/var/lib/netwitness/uax/logs/audit/audit.log).

Core Services (Decoder, Log Decoder, Concentrator, Broker, and Archiver), Log Collector,
Warehouse Connector, and Workbench

The Core services and similar services send audit logs to Syslog running on the local host.

Path: /var/log/secure (JSON format)

The Core services use the AUTHPRIV facility of syslog to write audit logs to syslog.

Reporting Engine,
Malware Analysis,
Respond, and
Event Stream Analysis (ESA)

These services send audit logs to the following locations:

  • <application-home-directory>/logs/audit/audit.log (human-readable format)
  • Syslog running on the local host (JSON format)

The following are the audit log locations of these services:

Reporting Engine:

/var/netwitness/re-server/rsa/soc/reporting-engine/logs/audit/audit.log

Respond Server:

/var/log/netwitness/respond-server/respond-server.audit.log

Malware Analysis:

/var/lib/netwitness/malware-analytics-server/spectrum/logs/audit/audit.log

Event Stream Analysis:

/opt/rsa/esa/logs/audit/audit.log

These services use the AUTH facility of syslog to write audit logs to syslog. You can only see audit logs in the first location (<application-home-directory>/logs/audit/audit.log).

Health & Wellness, Event Source Management (ESM), and Appliance and Service Grouping (ASG)

These Services send audit logs to the following locations:

  • /opt/rsa/sms/logs/audit/audit.log (human-readable format)
  • Syslog running on the local host (JSON format)

These services use the AUTH facility of syslog to write audit logs to syslog. You can only see audit logs in the first location (/opt/rsa/sms/logs/audit/audit.log).

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