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

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP5


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 is now fixed with audit-3.0.6-150400.4.13.1. 



Dependancy between auditd.service and augenrules.service.

Additional Information

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

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


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  • Document ID:000020846
  • Creation Date: 07-Nov-2022
  • Modified Date:16-Jan-2024
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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