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cee-enhanced event log to syslog forwarding

Thanks to Rainer Gerhards for this story

As many know, we at Adiscon also work hard at Windows Event Log to syslog forwarding software. During the past days we have taken the time to implement cee-enhanced syslog format inside these products as well. It is currently a proof of concept stage, but mostly because the relevant specs are also at PoC. This effort nicely integrated with the new project lumberjack, which aims at providing structured logging. New releases of the relevant Windows products (EventReporter and MonitorWare Agent) will be released very soon. With these releases, we are again the first-ever folks to release something never seen before, this time CEE support for windows logging ;)

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But how does it work? Basically, it is a message format option of the "format syslog" option. If you select cee-enhanced syslog, messages will be emitted in that format. Most importantly, they will included nice name/value pairs of the Windows events (if Windows provided names, else the previous "Paramn" replacement names will be used). For example, a security event is described as follows:

@cee: {"source": "machine.local", "nteventlogtype": "Security", "sourceproc": "Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing", "id": "4648", "categoryid": "12544", "category": "12544", "keywordid": "0x8020000000000000", "user": "N\\A", "SubjectUserSid": "S-1-5-11-222222222-333333333-4444444444-5555", "SubjectUserName": "User", "SubjectDomainName": "DOMAIN", "SubjectLogonId": "0x5efdd", "LogonGuid": "{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}", "TargetUserName": "Administrator", "TargetDomainName": " DOMAIN ", "TargetLogonGuid": "{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}", "TargetServerName": "servername", "TargetInfo": " servername ", "ProcessId": "0x76c", "ProcessName": "C:\\Windows\\System32\\spoolsv.exe", "IpAddress": "-", "IpPort": "-", "catname": "Logon", "keyword": "Audit Success", "level": "Information"}

Note that we currently focus on cee-enhanced syslog format. We did not yet try to map the Windows field names to the CEE dictionary/profile terms. Probably the most important reason for this focus is that we do not yet have any definite spec to write to. Obviously, once the spec is out, it is fairly easy to upgrade the implementation to support these other names.

A co-worker is right now doing some more testing with rsyslog, which is able to understand that new format. I'll update you with the findings, and procedures, once they are ready.

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