Dear syslog-ng users,
This is the 31th issue of the syslog-ng Insider, a monthly newsletter that brings you syslog-ng related news.
Certain departments of the US government and those conducting business on certain regulated markets are required to use tools utilizing cryptography certified according to the FIPS 140-2 standard to handle sensitive data. As logs often contain sensitive information, this regulation can apply to the log management system, too.
Starting with the 5.0.4 release, we are offering a version of syslog-ng Premium Edition to customers that is built and shipped with the OpenSSL FIPS Object Module and as thus usable in environments where such validation is required. (For more information about the OpenSSL FIPS Object Module, see http://openssl.com/fips/.) This is a separate version and the original version is available that uses the standard OpenSSL library. It is currently available on major Linux platforms and has the same functionality as the non-compliant version apart from a few limitations listed in the documentation.
Please visit https://www.balabit.com/lp/fips if for more information.
Google Summer of Code (GsoC)
Based on the success of last years syslog-ng Gsoc participation (in co-operation with the openS– USE project), this year we plan to participate in GsoC again with a number of syslog-ng related projects. The current list of ideas range from new sources and destination through under the hood improvements to integration with configuration management systems.
- The syslog-ng GsoC page is available at https://github.com/balabit/syslog-ng/wiki/GSoC2014
- The ideas page is available at https://github.com/balabit/syslog-ng/wiki/GSoC2014-Idea-&-Project-list
- We also created a central hub for syslog-ng OSE related material, as part of our preparations for Google Summer of Code and onwards: it is available at https://syslog-ng.org/
syslog-ng incubator updates
The syslog-ng incubator is a collection of tools and modules which are not (yet) part of the official repository.
Since last month there are many smaller changes and brand new features. The master branch goes now hand in hand with syslog-ng’s master branch, which is currently 3.6 pre-alpha code. If you are working on syslog-ng 3.5, use the 3.5/master branch of syslog-ng-incubator.
On the feature side the Lua destination was enhanced, a monitoring source was added, together with a Graphite output. Among the Lua examples one can also find a script to push logs into ElasticSearch.
To try the new features, check out https://github.com/balabit/syslog-ng-incubator from git. You can read more about the Lua destination at https://talien.blogs.balabit.com/2014/02/lua-the-undiscovered-country/
syslog-ng at conferences
In the past few weeks we visited three conferences. While there we talked about syslog-ng to many people, some during organized presentations, and many more between presentations and social events of the conferences.
A look back at FOSDEM and Config Management Camp: https://czanik.blogs.balabit.com/2014/02/fosdem-2014-and-config-management-camp/
The next confirmed event is: Open Source Data Center Conference, 8-10 April, Berlin, Germany: http://www.netways.de/osdc/, Giving a talk titled “Monitoring with syslog-ng, Riemann and Kibana” There will be two developers present, so if anyone attends, and has Incubator, Lua, Riemann, etc. related questions, we’ll be happy to answer.
Your feedback and news tips about the next issue is welcome at documentation(at)balabit.com.