Enterprise-wide message model (EWMM)

The following section describes the structure of log messages using the Enterprise-wide message model or EWMM message format.

The Enterprise-wide message model or EWMM allows you to deliver structured messages from the initial receiving AxoSyslog component right up to the central log server, through any number of hops. It does not matter if you parse the messages on the client, on a relay, or on the central server, their structured results will be available where you store the messages. Optionally, you can also forward the original raw message as the first AxoSyslog component in your infrastructure has received it, which is important if you want to forward a message for example, to a SIEM system. To make use of the enterprise-wide message model, you have to use the syslog-ng() destination on the sender side, and the default-network-drivers() source on the receiver side.

The following is a sample log message in EWMM format.

   <13>1 2018-05-13T13:27:50.993+00:00 my-host @syslog-ng - - -
    {"MESSAGE":"<34>Oct 11 22:14:15 mymachine su: 'su root' failed for username on

The message has the following parts:

  • The header of the complies with the RFC5424 message format, where the PROGRAM field is set to @syslog-ng, and the SDATA field is empty.

  • The MESSAGE part is in JSON format, and contains the actual message, as well as any name-value pairs that AxoSyslog has attached to or extracted from the message. The ${._TAGS} field contains the identifier of the AxoSyslog source that has originally received the message on the first AxoSyslog node.

To send a message in EWMM format, you can use the syslog-ng() destination driver, or the format-ewmm() template function.

To receive a message in EWMM format, you can use the default-destination-drivers() source driver, or the ewmm-parser() parser.

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