audit block configures the audit logging settings for the Cerbos instance. Audit logs capture access records and decisions made by the engine along with the associated context data.
|Audit logging has some overhead in terms of resource usage (disk IO, CPU and memory). This overhead is usually negligible unless Cerbos is running in a resource-constrained environment. If resources are scarce or if you are expecting heavy traffic, disabling audit logging might have a positive impact on performance.|
audit: enabled: true # Set to false to completely disable audit logging. accessLogsEnabled: true # Log API access attempts decisionLogsEnabled: true # Log policy decisions backend: local # Audit backend to use. local: # Configuration for the local audit backend storagePath: /path/to/dir # Path to store the data retentionPeriod: 168h # Records older than this will be automatically deleted
local backend uses an embedded key-value store to save audit records. Records are preserved for seven days by default and can be queried using the Admin API, the
cerbosctl audit command or the
cerbosctl decisions text interface (TUI).
The only required setting for the
local backend is the
storagePath field which specifies the path on disk where the logs should be stored.
audit: enabled: true accessLogsEnabled: true decisionLogsEnabled: true backend: local local: storagePath: /path/to/dir retentionPeriod: 168h advanced: bufferSize: 16 # Size of the memory buffer. Increasing this will use more memory and the chances of losing data during a crash. maxBatchSize: 16 # Write batch size. If your records are small, increasing this will reduce disk IO. flushInterval: 30s # Time to keep records in memory before committing. gcInterval: 15m # How often the garbage collector runs to remove old entries from the log.
file backend writes audit records as newline-delimited JSON to a file or stdout/stderr. With this backend you can use your existing log aggregation system (DataDog agent, Elastic agent, Fluentd, Graylog — to name a few) to collect, process and archive the audit data from all Cerbos instances.
This backend cannot be queried using the Admin API,
audit: enabled: true accessLogsEnabled: true decisionLogsEnabled: true backend: file file: path: /path/to/audit.log
path field can be set to special names
stderr to log to stdout or stderr. Note that this would result in audit logs being mixed up with normal Cerbos operational logs. It is recommended to use an actual file for audit log output if your container orchestrator has support for collecting logs from files in addition to stdout/stderr.
Audit log entries can be selected by setting a filter on
log.logger == "cerbos.audit". Access log entries have
log.kind == "access" and decision log entries have
log.kind == "decision".