Use this documentation with care! It describes the outdated version 7, which was actively developed around 2014 and is considered dead by the rsyslog team.

This documentation reflects the latest update of the v7-stable branch. It describes the 7.6.8 version, which was never released. As such, it contains some content that does not apply to any released version.

To obtain the doc that properly matches your installed v7 version, obtain the doc set from your distro. Each version of rsyslog contained the version that exactly matches it.

As general advise, it is strongly suggested to upgrade to the current version supported by the rsyslog project. The current version can always be found on the right-hand side info box on the rsyslog web site.

Note that there is only limited rsyslog community support available for the outdated v7 version (officially we do not support it at all, but we usually are able to answer simple questions). If you need to stick with v7, it probably is best to ask your distribution for support.

gtls Network Stream Driver

This network stream driver implements a TLS protected transport via the GnuTLS library.

Available since: 3.19.0 (suggested minimum 3.19.8 and above)

Supported Driver Modes

  • 0 - unencrypted trasmission (just like ptcp driver)
  • 1 - TLS-protected operation

Note: mode 0 does not provide any benefit over the ptcp driver. This mode exists for technical reasons, but should not be used. It may be removed in the future.

Supported Authentication Modes

  • anon - anonymous authentication as described in IETF’s draft-ietf-syslog-transport-tls-12 Internet draft
  • x509/fingerprint - certificate fingerprint authentication as described in IETF’s draft-ietf-syslog-transport-tls-12 Internet draft
  • x509/certvalid - certificate validation only
  • x509/name - certificate validation and subject name authentication as described in IETF’s draft-ietf-syslog-transport-tls-12 Internet draft

Note: “anon” does not permit to authenticate the remote peer. As such, this mode is vulnerable to man in the middle attacks as well as unauthorized access. It is recommended NOT to use this mode.

x509/certvalid is a nonstandard mode. It validates the remote peers certificate, but does not check the subject name. This is weak authentication that may be useful in scenarios where multiple devices are deployed and it is sufficient proof of authenticy when their certificates are signed by the CA the server trusts. This is better than anon authentication, but still not recommended. Known Problems

Even in x509/fingerprint mode, both the client and server certificate currently must be signed by the same root CA. This is an artifact of the underlying GnuTLS library and the way we use it. It is expected that we can resolve this issue in the future.

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