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Generic *NIX

Many appliance vendor utilize Linux and BSD distributions as the foundation of the solution. When configured to log via syslog, these devices’ OS logs (from a security perspective) can be monitored using the common Splunk Nix TA.

Note: This is NOT a replacement for or alternative to the Splunk Universal forwarder on Linux and Unix. For general-purpose server applications, the Universal Forwarder offers more comprehensive collection of events and metrics appropriate for both security and operations use cases.

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sourcetype notes
nix:syslog None

Sourcetype and Index Configuration

key sourcetype index notes
nix_syslog nix:syslog osnix none

Filter type

MSG Parse: This filter parses message content

Setup and Configuration

  • Install the Splunk Add-on on the search head(s) for the user communities interested in this data source. If SC4S is exclusively used the addon is not required on the indexer.
  • Review and update the splunk_metadata.csv file and set the index and sourcetype as required for the data source.


Variable default description
SC4S_ARCHIVE_NIX_SYSLOG no Enable archive to disk for this specific source
SC4S_DEST_NIX_SYSLOG_HEC no When Splunk HEC is disabled globally set to yes to enable this specific source