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auditctl prints "No rules" when auditd service is starting

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12


During server boot up, when auditd is starting, auditctl prints "No rules":
Mar 07 11:10:30 linux-t2o9 systemd[1]: Starting Security Auditing Service...
Mar 07 11:10:30 linux-t2o9 auditd[2712]: Started dispatcher: /sbin/audispd pid: 2714
Mar 07 11:10:30 linux-t2o9 kernel: audit: type=1305 audit(1520449830.345:2): audit_pid=2712 old=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295 res=1
Mar 07 11:10:30 linux-t2o9 audispd[2714]: priority_boost_parser called with: 4
Mar 07 11:10:30 linux-t2o9 audispd[2714]: max_restarts_parser called with: 10
Mar 07 11:10:30 linux-t2o9 audispd[2714]: No plugins found, exiting
Mar 07 11:10:30 linux-t2o9 auditd[2712]: Init complete, auditd 2.3.6 listening for events (startup state enable)
Mar 07 11:10:30 linux-t2o9 auditctl[2716]: No rules
Mar 07 11:10:30 linux-t2o9 auditctl[2716]: AUDIT_STATUS: enabled=1 flag=1 pid=2712 rate_limit=0 backlog_limit=320 lost=0 backlog=1
Mar 07 11:10:30 linux-t2o9 systemd[1]: Started Security Auditing Service.
The same "auditctl [ ] No rules" is shown when checking auditd service status information with: "systemctl status auditd.service", even though "auditctl -l" lists available rules.


The "No rules" message is correct and expected. It's printed because auditctl was successful.


The "No rules" message is printed instead of a list of rules if the list is empty.
The default audit.rules file (/etc/audit/audit.rules) contains the following lines:
# First rule - delete all
The auditctl source  code shows that auditctl lists rules after deleting them, so the message reports that '-D' was successful.

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  • Document ID:7022714
  • Creation Date: 07-Mar-2018
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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