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We have a document on common folder (Linux as server) on a network which can be accessed by log-in users.

Is there way to track the users who really accessed (read/copy operations only) the document? We can log the users who accessed the network, but not sure if they really viewed/copied the document. How can we check this?

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Usually that's the task of the logging daemons: but you should specify the server on which you are hosting the document. Both windows and unix have logging capabilities. – lorenzog Dec 9 '09 at 10:49

If the common folder is shared through SAMBA, you need to define the logging from the samba config files.

A very good example, taken from the Samba book, is here.

Here is a question, though: are you doing this to prevent document leakage? If so, what if a user views the document, leaves his workstation, and another user comes and saves a local copy? Beware of quick-and-dirty solutions to security problems. (if not, apologies - it smelled like an auditing issue to me)

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