Versions | v0.12 (td-agent2)

Forwarding Data Over SSL

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Overview

This is a quick tutorial on how to use the secure forward plugin to enable SSL for Fluentd-to-Fluentd data transport.

It is intended as a quick introduction. For comprehensive documentation, including parameter definitions, please checkout out the out_secure_forward and in_secure_forward.

Setup: Receiver

First, install the secure forward plugin.

  • Fluentd: gem install fluent-plugin-secure-forward
  • td-agent v2: /usr/sbin/td-agent-gem install fluent-plugin-secure-forward
  • td-agent v1: /usr/lib/fluent/ruby/bin/fluent-gem install fluent-plugin-secure-forward

Then, set up the configuration file as follows:

<source>
  @type secure_forward
  shared_key YOUR_SHARED_KEY
  self_hostname server.fqdn.local
  cert_auto_generate yes
</source>

<match secure.**>
  @type stdout
</match>

The <match> clause is there to print out the forwarded message into STDOUT (which is fed into var/log/td-agent/td-agent.log for td-agent) using out_stdout.

Then, (re)start Fluentd/td-agent.

Setup: Sender

First, install the secure forward plugin.

  • Fluentd: fluent-gem install fluent-plugin-secure-forward
  • td-agent v2: /usr/sbin/td-agent-gem install fluent-plugin-secure-forward
  • td-agent v1: /usr/lib/fluent/ruby/bin/fluent-gem install fluent-plugin-secure-forward

Then, set up the configuration file as follows:

<source>
  @type forward
</source>

<match secure.**>
  @type secure_forward
  shared_key YOUR_SHARED_KEY
  self_hostname "#{Socket.gethostname}"
  <server>
    host RECEIVER_IP
    port 24284
  </server>
</match>

The <source> clause is there to feed test data into Fluentd using in_forward. Make sure that YOUR_SHARED_KEY is same with the receiver’s.

Then, (re)start td-agent.

Confirm: Send an Event Over SSL

On the sender machine, run the following command using fluent-cat

  • Fluentd: echo '{"message":"testing the SSL forwarding"}' | fluent-cat --json secure.test
  • td-agent v2: echo '{"message":"testing the SSL forwarding"}' | /opt/td-agent/embedded/bin/fluent-cat --json secure.test
  • td-agent v1: echo '{"message":"testing the SSL forwarding"}' | /usr/lib/fluent/ruby/bin/fluent-cat --json secure.test

Now, checking the receiver’s Fluentd’s log (for td-agent, this would be /var/log/td-agent/td-agent.log), there should be a line like this:

2014-10-21 18:18:26 -0400 secure.test: {"message":"testing the SSL forwarding"}

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Last updated: 2016-07-01 09:50:35 UTC

Versions | v0.12 (td-agent2)

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