Security events

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12 Jan, 2018 05:26 PM

We work in a secure environment and want to be able to capture login failure events to a log (event viewer, log file, or other). The web page on Auditing specifies that Octopus is not tooled to capture these event types out-of-the-box. Can you folks offer some guidance on how we can go about getting this data? We're open to building tools (such as a script) that work alongside Octopus to gather this data but are not sure how to even access these events. Thanks.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Michael Noonan on 15 Jan, 2018 04:34 AM

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    Thanks for getting in touch! You are correct, we don't currently write any events to the audit log about authentication attempts/success/failure. We do write a warning message to the Octopus Server logs, but those are intended to be more informational.

    I have talked with other members of our team, and we've decided to raise this GitHub issue to address what we feel is the most important event:

    Does this sound like it will suit your needs?

    Hope that helps!

  2. 2 Posted by rjhansen on 17 Jan, 2018 07:27 PM

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    That is better than not logging login failures at all but it's not preferred. Is there any reason they can't be logged to the audit log like other activities?

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Michael Noonan on 29 Jan, 2018 10:33 PM

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    At this point, the Audit Log in Octopus is all about recording successful actions which mutate the state of your world due to actions by authorized users. This would be the first set of events we'd start writing for anonymous users, and my concern about that is the potential impact of any anonymous user causing harm.

    At this point in time we feel like we are taking a good, if conservative, approach to the problem, and see where we decide to go from there.

    I'd be interested to understand if there is anything specific you would need beyond what we are planning to provide. :)

    Hope that helps!

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