"systemctl restart auditd.service" will not reload audit rules

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4


auditd is the Linux Audit daemon. When adding a new rule, as described below, systemctl restart auditd.service will not reload audit rules. Example:
sles15-sp4:~ # cat /etc/audit/rules.d/audit.rules | egrep -v '^#|^$'
-w /etc/passwd -p wa -k passwd_changes
-w /etc/shadow -p wa -k passwd_changes
-w /sbin/insmod -p x -k module_insertion

Restarting the service:
sles15-sp4:~ # systemctl restart auditd.service

sles15-sp4:~ # auditctl -l
No rules


The issue has been reported to engineering. Until a fix is publicly released, use the workaround below.  If the workaround cannot be used and a Program Temporary Fix (PTF) is needed prior to the public release, please open a service request.

As a workaround, the below procedure can be followed.

1. Make a copy of the existing systemd auditd.service file

cp /usr/lib/systemd/system/auditd.service /etc/systemd/system

2. Edit /etc/systemd/system/auditd.service with the following changes:

a. Comment out Requires=augenrules.service
b. Enable the below parameters:

ExecStartPost=-/sbin/auditctl -R /etc/audit/audit.rules
ExecStartPost=-/sbin/augenrules --load

c. Finally, restart the service and verify if the rules are being properly loaded with auditctl -l


Dependancy between auditd.service and augenrules.service.


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  • Document ID:000020846
  • Creation Date: 08-Nov-2022
  • Modified Date:08-Nov-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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