tcpspy.rules - configuration file for tcpspy
This file, by default /etc/tcpspy.rules, is read by the
/etc/init.d/tcpspy script at init time in order to configure tcpspy
(see tcpspy(8)) logger filtering rules.
It might look like:
# /etc/tcpspt.rules example
user "joedoe" and rport 22 and raddr 192.168.1.10
lport 22 or lport 21
(lport 23 and user "joedoe") or raddr 192.168.1.20
This rules file specifies that tcpspy logs tcp connections according to
4 rules (line 1 to line 4 - one per each line) using the boolean logic
(see below) to evaluate each rule.
This particular example logs conections:
line 1 - for user "joedoe" connecting to 192.168.1.10:22 (remote)
line 2 - for user whose UID is 1003
line 3 - to localhost:22 or localhost:21
line 4 - for user "joedoe" to localhost:23 or to 192.168.1.20 (remote)
Everything from an "#" signal and the end of the line will not be
Rule Syntax - just extracted from tcpspy(8)
A rule may be specified with the following comparison operators:
True if the local user initiating or accepting the connection
has the effective user id uid.
Same as above, but using a username instead of a user id.
True if the local end of the connection has port number port.
lport [low] - [high]
True if the local end of the connection has a port number
greater than or equal to low and less than or equal to high. If
the form low- is used, high is assumed to be 65535. If the form
-high is used, low is assumed to be 0. It is an error to omit
both low and high.
Same as above, but using a service name from /etc/services
instead of a port number.
rport Same as lport but compares the port number of the remote end of
Interpreted as a "net/mask" expression; true if "net" is equal
to the bitwise AND of the local address of the connection and
"mask". If no mask is specified, a default mask with all bits
set (255.255.255.255) is used.
raddr Same as laddr but compares the remote address.
True if the full filename (including directory) of the
executable that created/accepted the connection matches pattern,
a glob(7)-style wildcard pattern.
The pattern "" (an empty string) matches connections
created/accepted by processes whose executable filename is
If the -p option is not specified, a warning message will be
printed, and the result of this comparison will always be true.
Expressions (including the comparisons listed above) may be joined
together with the following logical operations:
expr1 or expr2
True if either of expr1 or expr2 are true (logical OR).
expr1 and expr2
True if both expr1 and expr2 are true (logical AND).
True if expr is false (logical NOT).
Rules are evaluated from left to right. Whitespace (space, tab and
newline) characters are ignored between "words". Rules consisting of
only whitespace match no connections, but do not cause an error.
Parentheses, ’(’ and ’)’ may be placed around expressions to affect the
order of evaluation.
These are some sample rules which further demonstrate how they are
user "joe" and rport "ssh"
Log connections made by user "joe" for the service "ssh".
not raddr 10.0.0.0/255.0.0.0 and rport 25 and (user "bob" or user "joe")
Log connections made by users "bob" and "joe" to remote port 25
on machines not on a fictional "intranet".
Tim J. Robbins (tcpspy), Pablo Lorenzzoni (this manpage)
glob(7), proc(5), services(5), signal(7), syslog(3), tcpspy(8)