replacing rsyslogd in minimal with journald [was Re: systemd requires HTTP server and serves QR codes]

Kay Sievers kay at
Wed Oct 10 19:44:41 UTC 2012

On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 9:31 PM, Konstantin Ryabitsev
<icon at> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 5:24 PM, Lennart Poettering <mzerqung at> wrote:
>> I am not generally against adding time-based rotation, but really, this
>> is much less of a "necessity" than other things the journal provides,
>> which syslog does not: for example per-service rate limits, and
>> unfakable meta-data for log messages. I mean, really, how can we ship
>> a syslog where every random user can fake messages, say they are from a
>> privileged process and offer no way how to detect that?
> I think you overestimate how much a sysadmin cares about fake
> messages. The thing that's really important to a sysadmin is to make
> sure that none of the REAL messages are lost. If someone fakes root
> login entries by using something as trivial as "logger", I can easily
> establish they are fake by looking at auditd logs. And then I would
> *really* make that user regret their actions by using blunt
> cryptanalysis tools.
> So, it's not accurate to say that we don't currently have ways to detect that.

That works only for very very few of the logged messages, and it is a
good example how things should really not be designed or work today.

We need one source of system log and not a bunch of daemons with all
overlap but still have only parts of the picture, store their own
stuff all over the place.

Manual matching between the different data sources can sometimes be
used to find out what was really going on, but that's really not good
enough today.

The journal daemon uses similar close-to-the-kernel properties to
establish trust in logged messages, and in the future it is planned
that it will also rad all audit messages directly. The audit daemon
will then mostly be a policy execution engine for (rather exotic)
requirements like "crash the box if the message does not go to disk".


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