Configuring TLS on the AxoSyslog clients


Complete the following steps on every AxoSyslog client host. Examples are provided using both the legacy BSD-syslog protocol (using the network() driver) and the new IETF-syslog protocol standard (using the syslog() driver):


  1. Copy the CA certificate (for example, cacert.pem) of the Certificate Authority that issued the certificate of the AxoSyslog server (or the self-signed certificate of the AxoSyslog server) to the AxoSyslog client hosts, for example, into the /opt/syslog-ng/etc/syslog-ng/ca.d directory.

    Issue the following command on the certificate: openssl x509 -noout -hash -in cacert.pem The result is a hash (for example, 6d2962a8), a series of alphanumeric characters based on the Distinguished Name of the certificate.

    Issue the following command to create a symbolic link to the certificate that uses the hash returned by the previous command and the .0 suffix.

    ln -s cacert.pem 6d2962a8.0

  2. Add a destination statement to the syslog-ng.conf configuration file that uses the tls( ca-dir(path_to_ca_directory) ) option and specify the directory using the CA certificate. The destination must use the network() or the syslog() destination driver, and the IP address and port parameters of the driver must point to the AxoSyslog server.

    Example: A destination statement using TLS

    The following destination encrypts the log messages using TLS and sends them to the 6514/TCP port of the AxoSyslog server having the IP address.

        destination demo_tls_destination {
            network("" port(6514)
                tls( ca_dir("/opt/syslog-ng/etc/syslog-ng/ca.d"))

    A similar statement using the IETF-syslog protocol and thus the syslog() driver:

        destination demo_tls_syslog_destination {
            syslog("" port(6514)
  3. Include the destination created in Step 2 in a log statement.