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Enable auditing of processes that start prior to auditd

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 (All Released Versions)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2


Once the audit daemon is running, it ensures auditing is enabled on all processes that get launched after startup of auditd and are capable of auditing. The "auditible" flag, which is present for all processes, indicates whether or not the events of the process is capable of auditing.

However, the processes launched prior to the audit process will not have auditing enabled when they are spawned.


Booting with "audit=1" on the kernel command-line will make sure auditing is enabled on all auditible processes.

The change can be implemented the following way :
  • Open the file /etc/default/grub
  • Append "audit=1" to the space-separated list of options specified in the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT variable.
  • Save the file
  • Update the GRUB2 boot loader configuration in /boot/grub2/grub.cfg by executing
    # grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg
  • Reboot the system
  • Verify that the setting is present in the /proc/cmdline file


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  • Document ID:7021457
  • Creation Date: 18-Sep-2017
  • Modified Date:01-Dec-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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