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Kibana dashboard for home network traffic

Monitor home network traffic with OpenWRT and Syslog-ng

I wanted to see what happens on my home network. Is there something going on I should be aware of? Is there any device which creates suspicious connections like phoning home? I will use OpenWRT and syslog-ng to get the answers and Elasticsearch to get analytics.Kibana dashboard showing data from OpenWRT traffic syslogs

SOHO routers are usually not really resourceful, neither is mine. Therefore I needed a solution using as little resource as possible but still capable to answers that questions. My solution uses connection tracking data from the main OpenWRT router. Offload the information from OpenWRT to a central syslog server. Enrich it with GeoIP, Reverse DNS and session length metadata by using syslog-ng. Then analyze the logs with Elasticsearch.

The first part of this blog series answers where the packets come and go and some metrics. What are inside the packets is up to another posts. Continue reading

Visualizing NGINX access logs in Kibana

We already have a central log server where we can collect logs of Docker containers. It is very common to run web servers running in containerized ecosystems. In this tutorial I show you how you can parse access logs of NGINX or Apache with syslog-ng. I also describe how visualizing NGINX access logs in Kibana can be achieved.

NGINX Dashboard in Kibana

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Simplified guide to logging Docker to Elasticsearch in 2019 (With syslog-ng)

This simplified guide to logging Docker to Elasticsearch shows you how to send logs of containers into Elastic. Although there are many tutorials on to logging Docker to Elasticsearch, this one is different from all as it uses syslog-ng. Visualize them on a nice dashboard in Kibana. And you can download it all at the end of the post!

Update: I moved the chapters about parsing and visualizing NGINX / Apache access logs in Kibana into a dedicated post. I hope it will improve readability of both subjects.

Docker logs in Kibana Dasboard
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Visualizing Fail2ban logs in Kibana

In the last post I wrote about how you can enrich Fail2ban logs with GeoIP metadata and with other data parsed from the logs. This time I will show you how you can use syslog-ng to send them into Elasticsearch and how visualizing Fail2ban logs in Kibana can show you where the failed login attempts are coming from.Fail2ban vvisualization in Kibana Coordinate map


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Creating a central syslog server

Your home network might already contain some devices or systems like a home server, a WiFi router, a media player, or home automation system. It is a best practice creating a central syslog server and storing logs of various sources in one place.

A pile of timber logs

In this post I will show you the way of creating a central syslog server and comply with use cases like:

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