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Encrypting traffic to a remote syslog-ng server including SSL peer authentication

1. Install stunnel and syslog-ng on all machines.

2. Create certificates for all machines. On RedHat 9 and similar machines, you can do the following as root:

# cd /usr/share/ssl/certs
# make syslog-ng-server.pem
# make syslog-ng-client.pem

3. Place copies of syslog-ng-server.pem on all machines in /etc/stunnel with one important alteration. The clients only need the certificate section of syslog-ng-server.pem. In other words, remove the private key section from syslog-ng-server.pem on all clients.

Place every client's syslog-ng-client.pem in /etc/stunnel. For server, create a special syslog-ng-client.pem containing the certificate sections for all clients and place in /etc/stunnel. In other words, remove the private key sections from all syslog-ng-client.pem files and concatenate what is left to create server's special syslog-ng-client.pem.

4. Give only root ownership, read and write permissions for certificates.

5. On server, create /etc/stunnel/stunnel.conf containing the following

replacing server IP address accordingly:
   cert = /etc/stunnel/syslog-ng-server.pem 
CAfile = /etc/stunnel/syslog-ng-client.pem
verify = 3
[5140]
accept = server IP address:5140
connect = 127.0.0.1:514



On clients, create /etc/stunnel/stunnel.conf containing the following

replacing server IP address accordingly:
   client = yes 
cert = /etc/stunnel/syslog-ng-client.pem
CAfile = /etc/stunnel/syslog-ng-server.pem
verify = 3
[5140]
accept = 127.0.0.1:514
connect = server IP address:5140



6. On server, create the following in /etc/syslog-ng.conf:
   options {  long_hostnames(off); 
sync(0);
keep_hostname(yes);
chain_hostnames(no); };
source src {unix-stream("/dev/log");
pipe("/proc/kmsg");
internal();};
source stunnel {tcp(ip("127.0.0.1")
port(514)
max-connections(1));};
destination remoteclient {file("/var/log/remoteclient");};
destination dest {file("/var/log/messages");};
log {source(src); destination(dest);};
log {source(stunnel); destination(remoteclient);};



On clients, create the following in /etc/syslog-ng.conf:
   options {long_hostnames(off); 
sync(0);};
source src {unix-stream("/dev/log"); pipe("/proc/kmsg");
internal();};
destination dest {file("/var/log/messages");};
destination stunnel {tcp("127.0.0.1" port(514));};
log {source(src);destination(dest);};
log {source(src);destination(stunnel);};



(See syslog-ng documentation for more sophisticated syslog-ng.conf alternatives.)



7. Open necessary ports with regards to packet filtering and TCP wrappers.



8. On all machines, add the following lines to boot procedure and execute them now:


# stunnel 
# syslog-ng -f /etc/syslog-ng.conf

Please send questions and comments to Christian Seberino (chris at pythonsoft dot com).



From http://www.stunnel.org/examples/syslog-ng.html


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