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Alex Kubacki
Alex Kubacki
September 21, 2017

Capture SSH Session logs with Log Drains

Originally, Enclave Log Drains only captured logs from app containers; after adding support for Database logging, we’re happy to announce that SSH Sessions logs are now available in your Enclave Log Drains as well! As of this week, you can now configure Log Drains to receive logs from SSH Sessions.

This new feature makes it easy for you to meet compliance requirements mandating that all access to production data be logged, without compromising your ability to perform maintenance tasks or respond to urgent incidents by accessing your production environment via aptible ssh.

How does it work?

SSH Session logging functions similarly to App and Database logging: all the output from ephemeral containers is captured and routed to a Log Drain. This output is pretty much exactly what an end-user would see on their own screen, which means:

  • Your Log Drains will often also receive what users are typing in, since most shells and consoles echo the user’s input back to them.

  • If you’re prompting the user for a password using a safe password prompt that does not write back anything, nothing will be sent to the Log Drain either. That prevents you from leaking your passwords to your logging provider.

However, unlike App and Database logs, SSH Session logs include extra metadata about the user running the SSH session if your Log Drain supports it, including their email and user name. Review the documentation for more information.

How do I use this?

Add a new Log Drain in your environment, and make sure to select the option to drain logs from ephemeral sessions (if you already have other Log Drains set up for Apps and Databases, you’ll probably want to un-select those options to avoid double-logging).