AUDITD(8) MidnightBSD System Manager’s Manual AUDITD(8)


auditd — audit log management daemon


auditd [−d]


The auditd daemon responds to requests from the audit(8) utility and notifications from the kernel. It manages the resulting audit log files and specified log file locations.

The options are as follows:


Starts the daemon in debug mode — it will not daemonize.


To assure uninterrupted audit support, the auditd daemon should not be started and stopped manually. Instead, the audit(8) command should be used to inform the daemon to change state/configuration after altering the audit_control file.

Sending a SIGTERM to a running auditd daemon will force it to exit.


Default directory for storing audit log files.


The historical −h and −s flags are now configured using audit_control(5) policy flags ahlt and cnt, and are no longer available as arguments to auditd.


audit(4), audit_control(5), audit(8)


The OpenBSM implementation was created by McAfee Research, the security division of McAfee Inc., under contract to Apple Computer Inc. in 2004. It was subsequently adopted by the TrustedBSD Project as the foundation for the OpenBSM distribution.


This software was created by McAfee Research, the security research division of McAfee, Inc., under contract to Apple Computer Inc. Additional authors include Wayne Salamon, Robert Watson, and SPARTA Inc.

The Basic Security Module (BSM) interface to audit records and audit event stream format were defined by Sun Microsystems.

MidnightBSD 0.3 October 2, 2006 MidnightBSD 0.3