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Nagios Log Server

Nagios Log Server provides centralized management, monitoring, and analysis of logging data. It utilizes the ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana) stack. NXLog can be customized to send log data to the Nagios Log Server over TCP, UDP, and TLS/SSL protocols.

Installation and configuration of Nagios Log Server

To learn more about installation and configuration of Nagios Log Server, see the Manual Installation Instructions and Administrator Guide on the Nagios website.

By default, Nagios Log Server does not require any post-installation configuration which means logs can be received from NXLog right away.

NXLog configuration

NXLog can be configured to send the logs it collects to Nagios Log Server.

To see the IP address and ports of the Nagios Log Server instance, open the Configure page and find the Configuration Editor section.

List of Ports

These address and ports will be used in the examples below.

Example 1. Collecting systemd logs

The configuration below reads systemd messages using the im_systemd module and selects only those entries which contain the sshd character combination. The selected messages are processed with the xm_kvp module and converted to JSON using the xm_json module. Sending over TCP is carried out using the om_tcp module.

<Extension kvp>
    Module          xm_kvp
    KVDelimiter     =
    KVPDelimiter    " "

<Extension json>
    Module          xm_json

<Input systemd>
    Module          im_systemd
    ReadFromLast    TRUE
    Exec if not ($raw_event =~ /sshd/) drop();

<Output out>
    Module          om_tcp
    Port            3515

Below is the event sample of a log message which is sent over TCP.

  "Severity": "info",
  "SeverityValue": 6,
  "Facility": "syslog",
  "FacilityValue": 4,
  "Message": "Accepted password for administrator from port 46534 ssh2",
  "SourceName": "sshd",
  "ProcessID": 3168,
  "User": "root",
  "Group": "root",
  "ProcessName": "sshd",
  "ProcessExecutable": "/usr/sbin/sshd",
  "ProcessCmdLine": "sshd: administrator [priv]",
  "Capabilities": "3fffffffff",
  "SystemdCGroup": "/system.slice/ssh.service",
  "SystemdUnit": "ssh.service",
  "SystemdSlice": "system.slice",
  "SelinuxContext": "unconfined\n",
  "EventTime": "2020-03-25 18:59:53",
  "BootID": "1eb2f28ae8064c7a954e2420be54a7f2",
  "MachineID": "0823d4a95f464afeb0021a7e75a1b693",
  "SysInvID": "984c8a16fd20462a9ac8c0682081979c",
  "Hostname": "ubuntu",
  "Transport": "syslog",
  "EventReceivedTime": "2020-03-25T18:59:53.565177+00:00",
  "SourceModuleName": "systemd",
  "SourceModuleType": "im_systemd"
Example 2. Collecting Windows Event Logs

The configuration below reads Windows Event Log entries and selects only those entries which contain IDs 4624 and 4625 using the im_msvistalog module. The collected logs are then converted to JSON using the xm_json module after the Message field is deleted from the entry. Sending over UDP is carried out using the om_udp module.

<Extension json>
    Module          xm_json

<Input in_eventlog>
    Module          im_msvistalog
            <Query Id="0">
               <Select Path="Security">
               *[System[Level=0 and (EventID=4624 or EventID=4625)]]</Select>

<Output out>
    Module          om_udp
    Port            5544
    Exec            to_json();

Below is the event sample of a log message which is sent over UDP.

  "EventTime": "2020-03-22T13:48:55.455545-07:00",
  "Hostname": "WIN-IVR26CIVSF6",
  "Keywords": "9232379236109516800",
  "EventType": "AUDIT_SUCCESS",
  "SeverityValue": 2,
  "Severity": "INFO",
  "EventID": 4624,
  "SourceName": "Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing",
  "ProviderGuid": "{54849625-5478-4994-A5BA-3E3B0328C30D}",
  "Version": 2,
  "TaskValue": 12544,
  "OpcodeValue": 0,
  "RecordNumber": 15033,
  "ActivityID": "{CFEB8893-00D2-0000-E289-EBCFD200D601}",
  "ExecutionProcessID": 532,
  "ExecutionThreadID": 572,
  "Channel": "Security",
  "Category": "Logon",
  "Opcode": "Info",
  "SubjectUserSid": "S-1-5-18",
  "SubjectUserName": "WIN-IVR26CIVSF6$",
  "SubjectDomainName": "WORKGROUP",
  "SubjectLogonId": "0x3e7",
  "TargetUserSid": "S-1-5-90-0-6",
  "TargetUserName": "DWM-6",
  "TargetDomainName": "Window Manager",
  "TargetLogonId": "0x1c8f13",
  "LogonType": "2",
  "LogonProcessName": "Advapi  ",
  "AuthenticationPackageName": "Negotiate",
  "WorkstationName": "-",
  "LogonGuid": "{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}",
  "TransmittedServices": "-",
  "LmPackageName": "-",
  "KeyLength": "0",
  "ProcessId": "0x848",
  "ProcessName": "C:\\Windows\\System32\\winlogon.exe",
  "IpAddress": "-",
  "IpPort": "-",
  "ImpersonationLevel": "%%1833",
  "RestrictedAdminMode": "-",
  "TargetOutboundUserName": "-",
  "TargetOutboundDomainName": "-",
  "VirtualAccount": "%%1842",
  "TargetLinkedLogonId": "0x1c8f24",
  "ElevatedToken": "%%1842",
  "EventReceivedTime": "2020-03-22T13:48:56.870657-07:00",
  "SourceModuleName": "in",
  "SourceModuleType": "im_msvistalog"

Configuration of NXLog for sending logs over SSL/TLS is already described in the Sending NXLogs With SSL/TLS section on the Nagios website.

To read more about encrypted transfer of data, see the Encrypted log transfer and TLS/SSL (om_ssl) chapters in the NXLog documentation.

Other examples of sending log data using NXLog from the Nagios website:

Verifying data collection

To verify successful collection by the Nagios Log Server, open the Home page and add the relevant log source.

Adding New Log Sources

On the log source page, find the Verify Incoming Logs section, type in the IP address of the NXLog server and click the Verify button. The verification should show a number of log entries which have already been accepted by the Log Server from the specified IP address.

Verifying Incoming Logs

To observe the collected entries, go to the Reports page and click the required IP address (hostname) in the table.

Unique Hosts

The table with log entries will open. To expand information about the specified entry, click its line in the table.

Table With Entries

Each entry contains structured information about its fields and values.

Log Entry

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Last revision: 16 April 2020