[syslog-ng] syslog-ng Insider - July 2012

Peter Czanik czanik at balabit.hu
Thu Jul 12 14:22:21 CEST 2012

Dear syslog-ng users,

This is the 15th issue of the syslog-ng Insider, a monthly newsletter 
that brings you syslog-ng related news.
Your feedback and news tips about the next issue is welcome at 
documentation at balabit.com


What's next for syslog-ng
Sources for some previously Premium Edition-only features have been 
available for a while now, but have not been merged into the Open Source 
Edition yet. As we want to release OSE 3.4 soon, we are unlikely to have 
the necessary resources to merge all of these. We would like to ask Your 
opinion on which of these features would you like to see in the upcoming 
Please vote and share your reasoning in the BalaBit community forum at 

syslog-ng 3.4 alpha3 is released
Summer is here, when usually not much is happening. This is not the case 
with syslog-ng, where the third alpha of the upcoming version was 
released. Changes since the previous alpha version include new tag 
related rewrite rules, a marker option for the JSON parser to ease 
implementing CEE and many smaller features, like support for Cisco 
extended timestamp format, ported over from the Premium Edition. Of 
course there were also many smaller fixes, some of them merged from the 
3.3 version. For a complete list, check the announcement at 
As the changes since v3.3 are less drastic, than were between 3.2 and 
3.3, we hope that more people will install it on their test or non 
critical systems. We hope to gather some feedback, how existing 
configurations work with syslog-ng 3.4 (so no existing feature was 
broken), and experiences with the new features.

Syslog-ng 3.3.6 is coming
This release is a bug-fix release mostly, with a few minor - yet useful 
- feature enhancements. The most important one is that the patched 
ivykis syslog-ng 3.3 shipped with until now is no more. We build against 
upstream ivykis now (still included for convenience, though). Other 
highlights include much improved systemd support, and an enhancement to 
the @include feature, and many bugfixes.
It will be available in the coming days from 

LogZilla 4.0 is released
A new major version of LogZilla, previously known as php-syslog-ng, was 
released last month. Next to its outstanding Cisco network device 
support, the new release features easier, even unattended installation, 
enhanced access control and search possibilities. Detailed information 
about the new release is available at 


     ELSA tested with syslog-ng Premium Edition: 


     syslog-ng OSE 3.4 alpha3: 

     syslog-ng PE 4.2.3: 

     syslog-ng OSE 3.3.6: 
(once available)



Peter Czanik (CzP) <czanik at balabit.hu>
BalaBit IT Security / syslog-ng upstream

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