Dear syslog-ng users,
This is the 35th issue of the syslog-ng Insider, a monthly newsletter that brings you syslog-ng related news.
Handing over syslog-ng maintenance
Bazsi (Balázs Scheidler) started the syslog-ng project many years ago and maintained it ever since. He handed over stable branches to algernon (Gergely Nagy) a few years ago and now also the master branch, where current development is happening.
You can read the original announcement at https://bazsi.blogs.balabit.com/2014/05/handing-over-syslog-ng-maintenance/
JSON and MongoDB support added to syslog-ng PE
The two major new features of the syslog-ng PE 5.1.1 release are JSON support (both parsing and emitting JSON formatted messages) and MongoDB destination. You might notice, that these features were available in OSE for a while. They were cleaned up, bug fixed and enhanced by the PE team, and many quality assurance tests were added. The resulting code is merged back to upcoming OSE 3.6 version with some of the bugfixes ported back to 3.5 and even to 3.4 in some cases.
You can read more about what is new.
Moving from BugZilla to GitHub Issues
As development of syslog-ng moved to GitHub a while ago and we started to use the more convenient GitHub Issues for bugtracking the current syslog-ng BugZilla will depreciated. No new issues will be allowed in Bugzilla from the 13th of June, but existing issues will remain there.
For more details check the announcement at https://lists.balabit.hu/pipermail/syslog-ng/2014-June/021458.html
Python and Perl support in incubator
Perl and python support were already introduced in last months newsletter, now it’s available as a release. Other new features include support for getent template function and enhanced graphite template.
Source code is available at https://github.com/balabit/syslog-ng-incubator and there are compiled packages available for Debian, Fedora, openS– USE, Ubuntu. FreeBSD will be updated after additional bugfixes.
ISO27001 and Log Management
PCI DSS wasn’t the only standard to be updated recently. A new version of ISO27001, an information security standard first published in 2005, was released last September. ISO27001:2013 provides a framework for implementing an Information Security Management System (ISMS). The new version has been modified to align better with other ISO standards. Ten new controls have been added with an emphasis on measuring the effectiveness of the ISMS. Just as with PCI DSS, we decided ISO27001’s importance and broad adoption merited a technical white paper dedicated exclusively to how log management and more specifically, the syslog-ng application and the syslog-ng Store Box, can meet the standard’s requirements.
You can download the whitepaper at https://pages.balabit.com/iso-27001-compliance-and-log-management.html
Your feedback and news tips about the next issue is welcome at documentation(at)balabit.com.