Manual Reference Pages - TWPOLICY (5)
twpolicy - Tripwire policy file reference
Components Of The Policy File
The policy file describes system objects to be monitored by
Tripwire, and specifies what properties for each object should be
collected and stored in the database file. Each object in the policy
file is associated with a property mask, which describes what changes
to the file or directory Tripwire should monitor, and which ones
can safely be ignored. By customizing the various aspects of the
policy file, the system administrator can very closely control how
Tripwire checks the integrity of any system.
During installation, an encoded and signed policy file (tw.pol)
will be created in the /etc/tripwire directory,
and a plain text copy of this policy file (twpol.txt) will be
generated in the same directory. An additional text file
(policyguide.txt) illustrates all of the features of the policy
language. Both of the text files are heavily commented and can be used
as a reference during policy file creation.
A new policy file is first created using the
command. With this command, the
user can designate an existing plain text file as the current policy
file. Using the current site key and passphrase, the new configuration
file is encoded, signed and saved.
Once the initial policy file has been generated, any changes should be
made with the tripwire --update-policy command, rather
than by simply overwriting the policy file with the
twadmin --create-polfile command. This is an important
a new policy file is created, the Tripwire
database must be re-initialized. If an intruder has modified files
since the last integrity check, these changes will not be detected, and
will be included as part of the new "baseline" database.
COMPONENTS OF THE POLICY FILE
The basic components of policy files are comments, rules, directives,
and variables. Each of these components is described in greater detail
In a policy file, any text following a #, up to the next line break,
is considered a comment. Example:
# This is a comment.
/bin -> $(ReadOnly); # A comment can go here, too.
Policy rules determine whether and to what extent Tripwire will
check particular files and directories. There are two kinds of policy
rules recognized by Tripwire:
1) Normal rules define which properties of a particular file or
directory tree Tripwire scans.
2) Stop points tell Tripwire not to scan a particular file or
The format for a normal rule is:
object_name -> property_mask;
where the object_name is the fully qualified pathname for a
directory or file, and property_mask
specifies what properties of an object to examine or ignore.
The -> token separates the pathname and the property mask.
Whitespace must separate the object name and -> token.
A semicolon must terminate the rule. If the
pathname specified is a directory, the directory and all of its
descendants will be scanned with the indicated property mask. If the
pathname refers to an individual file, only that file will be scanned
with the specified property mask. Examples:
# Defines Tripwire behavior for entire /bin directory tree.
/bin -> $(ReadOnly);
# Defines Tripwire behavior for a single file. In this case,
# Tripwire watches for all properties of hostname.hme0.
/etc/hostname.hme0 -> $(IgnoreNone) -ar;
# Scan the entire /etc directory tree using mask1, except the
# file /etc/passwd, which should be scanned using mask2.
/etc -> $(mask1);
/etc/passwd -> $(mask2);
Only one rule may be associated with any given object. If any object
has more than one rule in a policy file, Tripwire will print an
error message and exit without scanning any files. For example:
# This is an example of an illegal construct.
/usr/bin -> $(mask3);
/usr/bin -> $(mask4);
In this document, policy file objects are fully qualified pathnames of
files and directories. Environment variables are not allowed for
security reasons. Examples:
/etc # valid object name.
/etc/passwd # valid object name.
$HOME # not valid.
Property masks designate which Tripwire properties of a given
object should be examined. A property mask consists of a series of
single-character symbols, each of which may be preceded by an optional
plus or minus sign. Each character symbol stands for a particular
Tripwire property to be examined during integrity checking. If
the character is preceded by a plus, checking is done for that
property; if preceded by a minus, checking is not done for that
property. For example:
+p # compare permissions.
-p # ignore permissions.
Each rule in the policy file must have a property mask. Examples:
/etc -> $(IgnoreAll); #valid property mask.
/etc -> +p-p; #valid property mask.
/etc -> ; #invalid property mask.
Characters in a property mask without a preceding plus or minus sign
are assumed to be plus. If a property is not specified in the property
mask, it is ignored, which is equivalent to turning it off with
the minus sign. Examples:
# Examine permissions and link count.
# All three of the following are equivalent.
Characters used in property masks, with descriptions:
- Ignore the following properties
+ Record and check the following properties
a Access timestamp
b Number of blocks allocated
c Inode timestamp (create/modify)
d ID of device on which inode resides
g File owners group ID
i Inode number
l File is increasing in size (a "growing file")
m Modification timestamp
n Number of links (inode reference count)
p Permissions and file mode bits
r ID of device pointed to by inode (valid only for device objects)
s File size
t File type
u File owners user ID
C CRC-32 hash value
H Haval hash value
M MD5 hash value
S SHA hash value
Stop points are used to specify specific files or directories that
Tripwire should not scan. The syntax for stop points is:
! object_name ;
# The directory /etc/init.d will not be scanned.
/etc -> $(ReadOnly);
# Scan all of /etc, but do not scan two particular
# files in the /etc hierarchy.
Rule attributes work with normal rules to modify their behavior or
provide additional information. Multiple attributes can be assigned to
each rule. Rule attributes are not case-sensitive.
Rule attributes may be applied to a single rule
using the following syntax:
object_name -> property_mask (rule attribute = value);
/usr/lib -> $(ReadOnly) (emailto = firstname.lastname@example.org, severity = 80);
#This rule will notify the admin if any violations of the
#rule occur and designate the severity as 80.
Rule attributes can also be specified for a group of rules,
using the format:
(emailto = email@example.com, severity = 80)
/usr/lib -> $(ReadOnly);
is equivalent to the attribute example above.
The following four rule attributes are supported by Tripwire:
The rulename attribute is used to associate a rule or set
of rules with a specific name. In a report file, this name will be
associated with violations to the specified rule. This feature is
useful if you want to track certain objects within a large
Tripwire database. For instance, if you associate the rule name
"watchme" with important files, you can sort through the Tripwire
report using "watchme" as a sorting key.
/etc -> +ug (rulename=watchme);
The emailto attribute associates one or more email addresses
with a rule or group of rules. When an integrity check is run with the
--email-report option and a rule is violated, a report of that violation will be sent
to the specified email address(es), using the report format specified
EMAILREPORTLEVEL variable in the configuration file.
/etc -> +ug (firstname.lastname@example.org);
To specify multiple email addresses, include them as a quoted,
/etc -> +ug (emailto="email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.org");
The severity attribute associates a numeric severity level with
a rule. When Tripwire is run in Integrity Checking mode, it is
possible to specify that only rules exceeding a certain severity level
are used. The default severity level is 0, and values can range from 0
/etc -> +ug (severity=50);
The recurse attribute specifies how a rule will scan
directories. Valid values for recurse are true,
false, or a number from -1 to 1,000,000. If recurse is set
to true (or -1), tripwire will recursively scan the entire
contents of the directory (both files and subdirectories). When
recurse is set to false (or 0), and the rule refers to a
directory, Tripwire will scan the inode of the directory but none
of the files or subdirectories contained therein. For positive
recurse value n, the rule will monitor all objects up to
n levels below the start point. Stop points within the recursed
directory still apply, and will prevent the specified file or directory
from being scanned.
When a rule refers to a file, specifying the recurse attribute
will be scanned no matter what value is given for
recurse. The default value for recurse is true.
/etc -> +ug (recurse=2);
Tripwire supports a small number of directives that allow
conditional interpretation of the policy file and certain diagnostic
and debugging operations. The primary purpose of directives is to
support sharing of a policy file among multiple machines. Directives
use the following syntax:
@@ directive_name [arguments]
Where the directive name is one of the directives listed below:
@@section # Designates a section of the policy file.
@@ifhost # Allow conditional interpretation
@@else # of the policy file.
@@print # Print a message to standard output.
@@error # Print a message to standard output and then exit.
@@end # Marks the logical end-of-file.
The @@section directive is used to designate sections of the policy
file that are OS-specific. With Tripwire 2.4, valid
arguments for the @@section directive are
and GLOBAL. If no @@section
directive is specified, FS will be assumed.
If the argument to the @@section directive is either
NTFS or NTREG (which have meaning only on
Windows NT systems),
Tripwire will skip all policy file text down to the
next valid @@section directive. Any other argument will
cause an error.
The @@ifhost, @@else, and @@endif directives are used to allow
conditional interpretation of the policy file. With the @@ifhost
directive, multiple hostnames can be expressed as arguments, but they
must be separated by an ||, interpreted as the logical OR. This example illustrates how one might employ directives to use one policy file with multiple hosts.
@@ifhost spock || kirk
/bin -> $(ReadOnly);
@@ifhost chekov || uhura
/usr/bin -> +pinug;
/usr/bin -> +pinugsmC;
The @@print and @@error directives are intended for debugging and remote
diagnostics. The syntax for these commands is:
The @@print directive prints string to stdout, while the
@@error directive prints string to stdout and causes the
calling program to exit with a non-zero status.
The @@end directive marks the end of the policy file. Any text
appearing after this directive will be ignored by Tripwire.
For user convenience, Tripwires policy file supports variables
for string substitution. Variables can be defined anywhere between
rules. The syntax for variable definition is:
variable = value;
Variable substitution is legal anywhere that a string could appear.
The syntax for variable substitution is:
$( variable )
Examples of variable definition and variable substitution on the left,
right, and both sides of rules. Note that variable names are
param1 = +SMCH; # Set variable param1.
dir1 = /etc/inet; # Set variable dir1.
DIR1 = /etc/init.d; # Variables are case sensitive.
$(dir1) -> +tbamc; # Left hand substitution.
/etc/inet -> $(param1); # Right hand substitution.
$(DIR1) -> $(param1); # Double substitution.
A number of variables are predefined by Tripwire and may not be
changed. These variables represent different ways that files can
change, and can be used on the right side of rules to design a policy
ReadOnly is good for files that are widely available but are intended
to be read-only.
Dynamic is good for monitoring user directories and files that tend to
be dynamic in behavior.
The Growing variable is intended for files that should only get larger.
Device is good for devices or other files that Tripwire should not
attempt to open.
IgnoreAll tracks a files presence or absence, but doesnt check any
IgnoreNone turns on all properties and provides a convenient starting point for defining your own property masks. (For example, mymask = $(IgnoreNone) -ar;)
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