Audit log


To help track access to Personally identifiable information, Zato SSO makes use of an audit log.

Each action carried out against the SSO system results in an entry added to an audit log, with each message describing the operation and its related metadata. This functionality is always on and cannot be disabled. User-defined services may also store their own log entries using the Python API documented below.

INFO - 15558:DummyThread-10 - zato_audit_pii:44 - {"cid": "236960f66c182bc",
    "op": "signup", "extra": {"current_app": "CRM", "remote_addr": ""}}

Each log record captures the following information:

Name Optional Sample Notes
cid --- 5dbe1a4d Correlation ID - a unique identified assigned to each request received by Zato. Note that there may be multiple audit log entries with the same cid if a given request accessed or manipulated PII more than once. For audit entries emitted by Zato, the value of cid will the same as is stored in http_access.log for each received HTTP request which lets one easily establish which of HTTP calls result in which audit log item.
op --- get_user A textual label for the operation.
current_user Yes usr1e39517 User ID of the account carrying out the operation - for entries written to log by Zato internally during SSO calls, it is guaranteed that this value will only contain randomly generated strings serving as user IDs, i.e. never usernames, display names or other PII.
target_user Yes usr25ec935 User ID or username of the account on whose behalf a given operation is being performed, may possibly contain a username which in turn may be possibly PII (depending on how usernames are created).
result Yes ok If applicable, result of the operation, e.g. "ok" if a certain call succeeded.
extra Yes {"found":true} A dictionary of extra parameters related to the entry, does not have a fixed format.

The default log file is called audit-pii.log and is stored along with other log files, for instance, if path to a server is /opt/zato/server1/logs then the audit log will be in /opt/zato/server1/logs/audit-pii.log.

Standard Python logging configuration from logging.conf applies to audit log which means it can be reconfigured to use other log destinations such as syslog.

Python API

From one's own services, the audit log is available through .info, .warn and .error methods of the self.audit_pii object, as below. There is no requirement that cid given on input be self.cid - any suitable correlation identifier in a particular situation may be used, Zato does not interpret it in any way.

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

# Zato
from zato.server.service import Service

class MyService(Service):
    def handle(self):,  'my-operation-on-info-level',  'user-id')
        self.audit_pii.warn(self.cid,  'my-operation-on-warn-level',  'user-id')
        self.audit_pii.error(self.cid, 'my-operation-on-error-level', 'user-id')

Each of .info, .warn and .error methods has the same arguments and signature. Only cid and op are required:

.info(self, cid, op,  current_user='', target_user='', result='', extra='')
.warn(self, cid, op,  current_user='', target_user='', result='', extra='')
.error(self, cid, op, current_user='', target_user='', result='', extra='')