I want to monitor process startup on El Capitan.

Darwin MaeLucirdosiMac.home 15.5.0 Darwin Kernel Version 15.5.0: Tue Apr 19 18:36:36 PDT 2016; root:xnu-3248.50.21~8/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64

Below is my configuration. I have added the ,pc to line 2

bash-3.2# cat /etc/security/audit_control
# $P4: //depot/projects/trustedbsd/openbsm/etc/audit_control#8 $

bash-3.2# ```

I can start and stop the service with launchctl, and the pid does change, but I can't load and unload it. Its not clear to me if that is necessary.

bash-3.2# launchctl list |grep audit - 0 com.apple.auditd bash-3.2# launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.auditd.plist /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.auditd.plist: Operation not permitted while System Integrity Protection is engaged bash-3.2# launchctl start com.apple.auditd bash-3.2# launchctl list |grep audit 5493 0 com.apple.auditd bash-3.2# launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.auditd.plist /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.auditd.plist: service already loaded bash-3.2# launchctl stop com.apple.auditd bash-3.2# launchctl start com.apple.auditd bash-3.2# launchctl list |grep audit 5500 0 com.apple.auditd bash-3.2#

However, what is clear to me is that despite all the restarts and processes I launch, nothing seems to be written to the current log, which is not the most current timestamp wise and praudit shows nothing about processes.

bash-3.2# ls -trl /var/audit/ . . . . -r--r----- 1 root wheel 125 Jun 20 18:16 20160620215442.20160620221602 -r--r----- 1 root wheel 250 Jun 20 18:17 20160620221602.20160620221734 -r--r----- 1 root wheel 250 Jun 20 19:16 20160620221734.20160620231602 -r--r----- 1 root wheel 125 Jun 20 19:17 20160620231602.20160620231733 -r--r----- 1 root wheel 250 Jun 20 20:16 20160620231733.20160621001602 -r--r----- 1 root wheel 125 Jun 20 20:17 20160621001602.20160621001734 -r--r----- 1 root wheel 250 Jun 20 21:16 20160621001734.20160621011602 -r--r----- 1 root wheel 125 Jun 20 21:17 20160621011602.20160621011733 -r--r----- 1 root wheel 125 Jun 20 21:18 20160621011733.20160621011807 lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 40 Jun 20 21:18 current -> /var/audit/20160621011843.not_terminated -r--r----- 1 root wheel 0 Jun 20 21:18 20160621011843.not_terminated -r--r----- 1 root wheel 250 Jun 20 21:18 20160621011807.20160621011843 bash-3.2# praudit -l /var/audit/20160621011807.20160621011843 header,125,11,session start,0,Mon Jun 20 21:18:14 2016, + 120 msec,argument,1,0x0,sflags,argument,2,0x0,am_success,argument,3,0x0,am_failure,subject,-1,root,wheel,root,wheel,0,100118,0,,return,success,0,trailer,125, header,125,11,session end,0,Mon Jun 20 21:18:43 2016, + 771 msec,argument,1,0x0,sflags,argument,2,0x0,am_success,argument,3,0x0,am_failure,subject,-1,root,wheel,root,wheel,0,100118,0,,return,success,0,trailer,125, bash-3.2# praudit -l /var/audit/current bash-3.2#

How do I get audit to reread the configuration files?

  • This is a pretty non-standard use case. What are you doing? – ewwhite Jun 21 '16 at 2:03
  • @ewwhite An app periodically starts on the desktop in question, and complains it can't find the JDK. I don't know what that process is. If this was a windows machine, I would just keep Sysinternals Process Monitor running filtering for ProcessCreate and ProcessStart events limited to a million and drop filtered events. It seems dtruss would be the better tool to use on unix, except El Capitan broke it. Perhaps OMI filters instead? – Justin Dearing Jun 21 '16 at 2:53

The correct way to do this is to unload and reload the auditd plist. For example:

sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.auditd.plist
sudo sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.auditd.plist

But be mindful of the catch22 here where El Capitan enabled by default SIPS, so you will get:

/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.auditd.plist: Operation not permitted while System Integrity Protection is engaged

You will need to restart for audit rule changes to take effect. Stopping and starting the launch daemon with launchctl {stop,start} com.apple.auditd does not re-read the audit_control file.

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