Lynis Security Controls

ACCT-9628 - Audit daemon status


For Linux systems the Linux audit daemon can audit files and processes. This control checks for the status of the audit daemon. Suspicious changes or activities will trigger an event to be logged by the audit daemon.



How to solve

The Linux Audit Framework is a CAPP-compliant (Controlled Access Protection Profiles) auditing system. Support for the framework is usually enabled in Linux distributions and helps with monitoring events. Such events can range from changing the time, using specific system calls, or making changes to important files.

Every system has it own goal and data to protect. Depending on the confidentiality, the audit framework can help with monitoring expected and unexpected changes. It might be powerful in detecting any system intrusion, or monitoring the system integrity.

As the Linux audit framework has not a single good configuration, we have added more details to our Enterprise offering. If you need this service for your business systems, consider upgrading to the Enterprise version.

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This information is provided as part of the Lynis community project. It is related to Lynis control ACCT-9628. All information should be considered as-is, without guarantees. Any advice or snippets should be tested before implementing in production environments.


Lynis is a technical security audit tool for Unix flavors like Linux, macOS, AIX, Solaris, and *BSD. It is open source software and free to use. The project has an active community, including open development via GitHub.

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