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Audit messages may be lost during boot

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 (All Service Packs)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 15 (All Service packs)


Hold queue overflow messages are observed in the kernel ring buffer and system logs which may indicate lost auditing messages during boot and before auditd.service is started.

# dmesg | grep overflow
[    0.289646] audit: kauditd hold queue overflow
[    0.364107] audit: kauditd hold queue overflow

The audit sub-system is enabled at boot as confirmed by audit=1 on the /proc/cmdline.

# cat /proc/cmdline
BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.14.21-150400.24.28-default root=/dev/mapper/system-root nosplash mitigations=auto security=apparmor crashkernel=228M,high crashkernel=72M,low audit=1

The security auditing service is enabled.

# systemctl is-enabled auditd.service



Do the following:
  1. Edit /etc/default/grub
  2. Append audit_backlog_limit=8192 right after audit=1 to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX and save
  3. Run update-bootloader to update the boot settings
  4. Reboot the system for changes to take affect


Booting with the audit=1 parameter uses a default audit_backlog_limit of 64. It sets the maximum number of audit messages that can be held before the auditd service starts and takes over. When the number of audit messages exceed the backlog limit you see the overflow messages.


Additional Information

TID000019031 - Enable auditing of processes that start prior to auditd explains how to enable auditing before the auditd service is started.
If you have the kernel-source package installed, see audit= in /usr/src/linux/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt


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  • Document ID:000020867
  • Creation Date: 21-Nov-2022
  • Modified Date:23-Nov-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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