4.1.2.2 Ensure audit logs are not automatically deleted

Information

The max_log_file_action setting determines how to handle the audit log file reaching the max file size. A value of keep_logs will rotate the logs but never delete old logs. In high security contexts, the benefits of maintaining a long audit history exceed the cost of storing the audit history.

Solution

Set the following parameter in /etc/audit/auditd.conf: max_log_file_action = keep_logs

See Also

https://workbench.cisecurity.org/files/2608

Item Details

Category: AUDIT AND ACCOUNTABILITY

References: 800-53|AU-4, CSCv7|6.4

Plugin: Unix

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