Getting Data In

Splunk not ingesting some log files

New Member

I have set splunk to ingest the /var/log directory. On this particular host, I go to filter by "source", and only see 2 sources:

  • /var/log/messages
  • /var/log/maillog

Why is it not seeing other files and folders? For example, there is /var/log/audit/audit.log.

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

Does the account running Splunk have read access to the missing files? Often, files in /var/log are secured so only root can read them.

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New Member

Splunk is running as "sudo", so this should be fine, right?

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

"fine" as in able to read the files, yes. "fine" as in a good way to run Splunk, no. Running Splunk (or any non-OS process) as root increases your attack surface.

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New Member

So splunk is able to read these files and into directories, yet they are not populating on the splunk server.

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

Search index=_internal to verify the forwarder is sending data to the indexers. Verify you are looking in the right index for the data.

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New Member

I ran the query for index=_internal, and I do not see any of my hosts showing up.

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