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Auditing MySQL with McAfee and MongoDB


via Auditing MySQL with McAfee and MongoDB.

he McAfee MySQL Audit plugin does a great job of capturing, at low level, activities within a MySQL server. It does this through some non-standard APIs which is why installing and configuring the plugin can be a bit difficult. The audit information is stored in JSON format, in a text file, by default.

There is 1 JSON object for each action that takes place within MySQL. If a user logs in, there’s an object. If that user queries a table, there’s an object. Imagine 1000 active connections from an application, each doing 2 queries per second. That’s 2000 JSON objects per second being written to the audit log. After 24 hours, that would be almost 173,000,000 audit entries!

How does one make sense of that many JSON objects? One option would be to write your own parser in $YOUR_FAVORITE_LANGUAGE and convert the JSON to INSERT statements and write the data back to MySQL (Note: If you do this, you can whitelist this table within the plugin so that these INSERTs are not re-audit logged). Or, we can use a system designed to import, store and query JSON objects, such as MongoDB.