libgcrypt Log Crypto Provider (gcry)

Crypto Provider Name:    gcry

Author: Rainer Gerhards <>

Supported Since: since 7.3.10


Provides encryption support to rsyslog.

Configuration Parameters:

Crypto providers are loaded by omfile, when the provider is selected in its “cry.providerName” parameter. Parameters for the provider are given in the omfile action instance line.

This provider creates an encryption information file with the same base name but the extension “.encinfo” for each log file (both for fixed-name files as well as dynafiles). Both files together form a set. So you need to archive both in order to prove integrity.

  • cry.algo <Encryption Algorithm> The algorithm (cipher) to be used for encryption. The default algorithm is “AES128”. Currently, the following Algorithms are supported:

    • 3DES

    • CAST5


    • AES128

    • AES192

    • AES256


    • TWOFISH128


    • DES

    • SERPENT128

    • SERPENT192

    • SERPENT256

    • RFC2268_40

    • SEED

    • CAMELLIA128

    • CAMELLIA192

    • CAMELLIA256

    The actual availability of an algorithms depends on which ones are compiled into libgcrypt. Note that some versions of libgcrypt simply abort the process (rsyslogd in this case!) if a supported algorithm is select but not available due to libgcrypt build settings. There is nothing rsyslog can do against this. So in order to avoid production downtime, always check carefully when you change the algorithm.

  • cry.mode <Algorithm Mode> The encryption mode to be used. Default ist Cipher Block Chaining (CBC). Note that not all encryption modes can be used together with all algorithms. Currently, the following modes are supported:

    • ECB

    • CFB

    • CBC

    • STREAM

    • OFB

    • CTR


  • cry.key <encryption key> TESTING AID, NOT FOR PRODUCTION USE. This uses the KEY specified inside rsyslog.conf. This is the actual key, and as such this mode is highly insecure. However, it can be useful for initial testing steps. This option may be removed in the future.

  • cry.keyfile <filename> Reads the key from the specified file. The file must contain the key, only, no headers or other meta information. Keyfiles can be generated via the rscrytool utility.

  • cry.keyprogram <path to program> If given, the key is provided by a so-called “key program”. This program is executed and must return the key (as well as some meta information) via stdout. The core idea of key programs is that using this interface the user can implement as complex (and secure) method to obtain keys as desired, all without the need to make modifications to rsyslog.

Caveats/Known Bugs:

  • currently none known


This encrypts a log file. Default parameters are used, they key is provided via a keyfile.

action(type="omfile" file="/var/log/somelog" cry.provider="gcry"

Note that the keyfile can be generated via the rscrytool utility (see its documentation for how to actually do that).

See also

Help with configuring/using Rsyslog:

See also

Contributing to Rsyslog:

Copyright 2008-2023 Rainer Gerhards (Großrinderfeld), and Others.