Logging Engines

All loggers are configured using the SecAuditLog directive, you can use as many loggers as you want. You can get or create additional loggers using plugins.

# syntax is: SecAuditLog ENGINE [keyvalue options]
SecAuditLog engine_name \
              format=json \
              some_variable=some_value \
# or simply one line
SecAuditLog engine_name format=json some_variable=some_value

Important: Keep in mind using many loggers will lock the current routine and slow down your webserver.


Syslog audit logger will write a TCP or UDP syslog packet to the specified host and port. Useful for SIEMs and log collectors.

  • network: tcp or udp (default: tcp)
  • format: format from logging formats (default: cef)
  • host: host:port (default:


SecAuditLog syslog \
    network=udp \
    format=cef \


Concurrent logger creates a directory structured based on the transaction’s timestamp and an audit file based on the specified format. It’s useful for high concurrency implementations.

  • format: format from logging formats (default: json)
  • path: absolute path where directories are going to be created (default: /opt/coraza/var/log/audit/)
  • dirmode: octal unix permissions for new audit directories (default: 0600)
  • filemode: octal unix permissions for new audit files (default: 0600)


SecAuditLog concurrent \
    format=cef \
    path=/opt/coraza/var/log/audit/ \
    dirmode=0600 \


Serial logger will write one log entry per line.

  • format: format from logging formats (default: cef)
  • path: path to the audit log (default: /opt/coraza/var/log/coraza.log)
  • filemode: if the file does not exist, this octal mode will be used to create it (default: 0600)


SecAuditLog serial \
    format=cef \
    path=/opt/coraza/var/log/audit.log \

Note: This audit file can be safely rotated, avoid creating giant log files as it will slow down the log writing process.

Logging Formats


This is the core structure data structure used to build any other format, it’s defined

  "transaction": {
    "timestamp": "02/Jan/2006:15:04:20 -0700",
    "unix_timestamp": 1629575755,
    "client_ip": "",
    "client_port": 54481,
    "host_ip": "",
    "host_port": 80,
    "server_id": "something",
    "request": {
      "method": "POST",
      "uri": "/something.php",
      "http_version": "1.1",
      "body": "some-body=with-values",
      "headers": {
        "Content-Type": ["application/x-www-form-urlencoded"],
        "Accept": ["text/html"]
      "files": [{
        "name": "filename.pdf",
        "size": 1024,
        "mime": "application/pdf"
    "response": {
      "status": 200,
      "headers": {
        "Set-Cookie": ["somecookie=forever; Secure", "someothercookie=wow"],
        "Content-Type": ["text/html"]
    "producer": {
      "connector": "github.com/jptosso/coraza-caddy",
      "version": "1.0",
      "server": "Caddy 2",
      "rule_engine": "CORERULESET/3.3",
      "stopwatch": "1417762077443733 384389; combined=20536, p1=354, p2=2901, p3=11, p4=16692, p5=578, sr=72, sw=0, l=0, gc=0"
  "messages": [{
    "actionset": "Warning",
    "message": "Pattern match \"\\\\< ?script\\\\b\" at ARGS_NAMES:<script.",
    "data": {
	    "file": "/etc/coraza/crs/rules.conf",
	    "line": 4485,
	    "id": 100521,
	    "rev": "1",
	    "msg": "some message",
	    "data": "some logdata",
	    "severity": 5,
	    "ver": "OWASP_CRS\/3",
	    "maturity": 10,
	    "accuracy": 10,
	    "tags": ["some-tag", "more-tags"]


Fields available for CEF processing:

  • id: Transaction id
  • url: Request full url
  • method: Request method
  • clientIp: Client IP address in string format
  • serverIp: Server IP address in string format
  • files: Number of files uploaded
  • host: Request hostname
  • httpVersion: HTTP version (1.1, 1.0, 2…)
  • reqbodylen: Request Body Length in bytes
  • resbodylen: Response Body Length in bytes
  • requestMime: Request mime type
  • responseMime: Response mime type
  • respStatus: Response status code
  • rules: List of rules id separated by (,).
  • msgs: List of messages wrapped within (") and separated by (,).

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