Graylog Alerts from AWS CloudTrail logs

(Travis Biggs) #1

I have Graylog setup to parse logs it receives from CloudTrail. This seems to work fine. I’d like to configure Graylog alerts for some CloudTrail events. However, the Graylog alert I created as a test does not seem to trigger.

I’ve setup a Field Content Alert Condition with Field=event_name, Value=CreateUser, Grace Period=1, and Message Backlog=1. Even when I create a user in my AWS account I don’t see an alert from Graylog. I can see the message coming into the stream just fine. Has anyone configured Graylog to alert from CloudTrail before?

I don’t know if this is relevant but it can sometimes take ~15 minutes from the time an event is initiated to the time a log entry appears in CloudTrail. I don’t know if this has a bearing on the alert generation from Graylog. It doesn’t seem like it should.

I’m using Graylog 2.2.3+7adc951. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Edit: From this post,, it appears the delay in CloudTrail could be a problem. For example, if I create a user at 10:50am in AWS, the CloudTrail log for that event may not show up until 11:05am but that event will contain the correct time the user was created, 10:50am. If events for alerts are processed every minute, could this be missed?

(Jan Doberstein) #2

Hej @trbiggs

Alerting in Graylog is a search. If you set the period to 1 this search will be done in the last minute.

If the entry you are looking comes in late, you would need to define a bigger window to include those late ingestions.

(Travis Biggs) #3

Do you happen to know how to set the search period? In the Condition, I see Grace Period which is described as Number of minutes to wait after an alert is resolved, to trigger another alert and Message Backlog which is described as The number of messages to be included in alert notifications. I don’t see a way to set the search period.

(Travis Biggs) #4

If anyone else encounters this problem, I eventually got this to work. I had to use the Message Count Alert Condition. This has a Time Range parameter which I set to 30. Unfortunately, a Field Content Alert Condition doesn’t have a Time Range parameter. Because you’re looking for a message count, you have to setup a separate stream specifically for the messages you want to monitor. This can lead to a little bit of “stream sprawl” but I don’t see any other alternative. This can be avoid with a Time Range parameter in the Field Content Alert Condition.

(Jan Doberstein) #5

you might want to open a feature request for that …

For the check interval you can look at this setting:

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