[CentOS] Recommended Configuration Control Software?

Stephen John Smoogen smooge at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 16:59:04 UTC 2008

On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 10:41 AM, Sean Carolan <scarolan at gmail.com> wrote:
> We have several dozen production Linux servers and I would like to
> have better control over what files are changed, by whom, when they
> were changed, etc.  Because these are all production servers that are
> in use 24x7, we do not have the luxury of simply doing a clean build,
> taking md5sums of each file, and then doing fresh installations.  I
> need a system that can take in-place snapshots of each server's
> configuration files, store them in some kind of database or text file,
> and notify me whenever something changes.

aide comes with CentOS 4/5 and does part of what you want by doing
various checksums. Tripwire will also compile for those too. The issue
will be that you will want to turn off prelinking and you will want to
make sure that you have configured either program to watch those
programs. You can add in audit on EL-5 with a policy setup
(capp/niscom/customize) to watch those files and log who/what/when the
program was changed by.

However none of the programs stores originals of the config files etc
as you are wanting. In that case, your best bet is to turn the problem
around and have the config files you want on the servers, and push
them out from a central box. Then have the audit programs see if
something outside of your central management changed the program.

> I've used tripwire in the past - do you have any other recommendations
> for this type of project?
> _______________________________________________
> CentOS mailing list
> CentOS at centos.org
> http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos

Stephen J Smoogen. -- BSD/GNU/Linux
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed
in a naughty world. = Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice"

More information about the CentOS mailing list