Lynis Security Controls

HTTP-6712 - Log file configuration in nginx


For auditing purposes logging should be properly configured in nginx. Missing log files or disabled entries might result in losing valuable data for analytics and accounting.



How to solve

Disabled logging: Check in the Lynis log for entries which are disabled, or in the nginx configuration (access_log off). Missing logging: Check for missing log files. They are references in the configuration of nginx, but not on disk. The Lynis log will reveal to what specific files this applies.

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