Manual Chapter : Create a New Log Profile

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 7.1.0
Manual Chapter

Create a New Log Profile

Creating logging profile for event monitoring

A logging profile records requests to a virtual server. You can determine which requests to log, and where to store the request information. The L7 Summary Dashboard (
Monitoring
DASHBOARDS
L7 Security
) lists the applications and virtual servers attached to a log profile. Use this dashboard to create new log profiles based on the requirements of the objects listed on the screen.
For more information, refer to the
Managing Logging Profiles in Shared Security
topics in BIG-IQ Centralized Management: Security on
support.f5.com
.

Create a logging profile for application security

Your system must have the following configuration to view event logs:
  • Discover and activate a BIG-IQ Data Collection Device.
  • Configure a BIG-IP device to collect event logs and send them to the BIG-IQ Centralized Management Data Collection Device. Part of this configuration includes a virtual server configured with a logging profile.
  • Configure a logging profile for Web Application Security, assign it to a virtual server, and deploy it to the BIG-IP device that has been configured to collect log events. A
    logging profile
    is used to determine which events the system logs, and where, and the format of these events. It then directs security events to a BIG-IQ Data Collection Device, and the BIG-IQ Centralized Management system retrieves them from that node.
You create logging profiles to specify the kind of information to log for objects that support logging.
  1. Go to
    Monitoring
    EVENTS
    Web Application Security
    Events
    .
    To view a logging profile of a specific protected object, go to
    Monitoring
    DASHBOARDS
    L7 Dashboard
    and select the logging profile link associate with the object in the dashboard's list.
  2. Click
    Create
    and select
    Log Profile
    .
    The New Logging Profile screen opens with the Properties displayed.
  3. Type a
    Name
    for the logging profile.
  4. Type an optional
    Description
    for the logging profile.
  5. If needed, change the default
    Common
    partition in the
    Partition
    field.
    The partition with that name must already exist on the BIG-IP device. No whitespace is allowed in the partition name. Only users with access to a partition can view the objects (such as the logging profile) that it contains. If the logging profile resides in the
    Common
    partition, all users can access it.
  6. For
    Application Templates
    , specify whether the profile is available to application templates.
    • To make the profile available to application templates, select the
      Make available
      check box.
    • To keep the profile from being available to application templates, clear the check box.
  7. On the left, click the logging type that you want to use, and then select the
    Enabled
    check box to display the related settings.
    • Enable
      APPLICATION SECURITY
      to specify that the system logs traffic to the web application. You cannot enable both
      APPLICATION SECURITY
      and
      PROTOCOL SECURITY
      . Refer to the
      Configure for Application Security logging
      section of
      BIG-IQ Centralized Management: Security
      on
      support.f5.com
      for configuration information.
    • Enable
      PROTOCOL SECURITY
      to specify that the system logs any dropped, malformed, and/or rejected requests sent through the given protocol. Refer to the
      Configure for Protocol Security logging
      section of
      BIG-IQ Centralized Management: Security
      on
      support.f5.com
      for configuration information.
    • Enable
      NETWORK FIREWALL
      to specify that the system logs ACL rule matches, TCP events, and/or TCP/IP errors sent to the network firewall. Refer to the
      Configure for Network Firewall logging
      section of
      BIG-IQ Centralized Management: Security
      on
      support.f5.com
      for configuration information.
    • Enable
      NETWORK ADDRESS TRANSLATION
      to specify which Network Address Translation (NAT) events the system logs, and where those events are logged. Refer to the
      Configure for Network Address Translation logging
      section of
      BIG-IQ Centralized Management: Security
      on
      support.f5.com
      for configuration information.
    • Enable
      DOS PROTECTION
      to specify that the system logs detected DoS attacks, and where DoS events are logged.
    • Enable
      BOT DEFENSE
      to specify that the system logs bot defense events. Refer to the
      Configure for Bot Defense logging
      section of
      BIG-IQ Centralized Management: Security
      on
      support.f5.com
      for configuration information.
    You must configure each enabled logging type before you can use it. You can do that now, or save the profile and configure the logging types later.
  8. Specify the settings needed for each logging type you use.
    You can configure multiple logging types while editing the logging profile.
  9. When finished, save your changes.
The newly created log profile is added to your list of log profiles. At this point, you can add it to any object that requires a security logging profile.