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Palo Alto Networks offers an enterprise cybersecurity platform which provides network security, cloud security, endpoint protection, and various cloud-delivered security services.

Palo Alto logs

On Palo Alto appliances, most of the important hardward and software activities that are relevant for security detection and analysis, are logged into three files.

  • Traffic: Local out traffic, Denied traffic, Allowed traffic
  • System
  • Security

Transport to the collector


The following prerequisites are needed in order to setup efficient log concentration:

  • Have administrator priviledge on the Palo Alto
  • Traffic towards the Rsyslog must be open on TCP/514

Configure Palo Alto

Configure a Syslog server profile

  1. In the GUI, go to Device > Serve Profiles > Syslog.
  2. Click Add and enter a name for the profile such as Syslog server.
  3. If the firewall has more than one virtual system (vsys), select the Location (vsys or Shared) where this profile is available.
  4. Click Add and enter the information that the firewall requires to connect to it:

  5. Name — Unique name for the server profile.

  6. Syslog Server — IP address or fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the syslog server.
  7. Transport — Select TCP.
  8. Port — Select the default is TCP on port 514.
  9. Format — Select the syslog message format to use: IETF
  10. Facility — Select a syslog standard value (default is LOG_USER) to calculate the priority (PRI) field.

  11. Click OK to save the server profile.

Configure syslog forwarding for Traffic logs

  1. Select Objects > Log Forwarding, click Add, and enter a Name to identify the profile.
  2. For each log type (here Traffic, Threat and WileFire Malicious) and each severity level, select the Syslog server profile and click OK.
  3. Select Policies > Security and select a policy rule.
  4. Select the Actions tab and select the Log Forwarding profile you created.
  5. In the Profile Type drop-down, select Profiles or Groups, and then select the security profiles or Group Profiles required to trigger log generation and forwarding.
  6. Select both of the Log at Session Start and Log At Session End check boxes, and click OK.

For detailed information about configuring a log forwarding profile and assigning the profile to a policy rule, see Configure Log Forwarding

Configure syslog forwarding for System and User-ID logs

  1. In the GUI, go to Device > Log Settings.
  2. Click each Severity level (High and Critical if also fine), select the Syslog server profile, and click OK.

Transport to SEKOIA.IO

Configure the Rsyslog to forward to SEKOIA.IO

Rsyslog prerequisites

In order to allow the rsyslog to work properly, please ensure the following packages are installed:

sudo apt install rsyslog rsyslog-gnutls wget

Please ensure the TCP incoming events are allows in the /etc/rsyslog.conf

# provides TCP syslog reception
input(type="imtcp" port="514")

Download the certificate

In order to allow the connection of your Rsyslog server to the SEKOIA.IO intake, please download the SEKOIA.IO intake certificate:

$ wget -O /etc/rsyslog.d/SEKOIA-IO-intake.pem
Configure the Rsyslog server

Open or create a new Palo Alto configuration file for Rsyslog:

sudo vim /etc/rsyslog.d/38-paloalto.conf

Paste the following Rsyslog configuration to trigger the emission of Palo Alto logs by your Rsyslog server to SEKOIA.IO:

# Define the SEKIOA-IO intake certificate
$DefaultNetstreamDriverCAFile /etc/rsyslog.d/SEKOIA-IO-intake.pem

# Template definition [RFC5424](
# IMPORTANT: don't forget to set your intake key in the template
template(name="SEKOIAIOPaloAltoTemplate" type="string" string="<%pri%>1 %timestamp:::date-rfc3339% %hostname% %app-name% %procid% LOG [SEKOIA@53288 intake_key=\"YOUR_INTAKE_KEY\"] %msg%\n")

# Send your events to SEKOIA.IO intake servers under SEKOIAIOPaloAltoTemplate template
if ($hostname == "YOUR_PALOALTO_HOSTNAME") then {

In the above template instruction, please replace YOUR_INTAKE_KEY variable with your intake key you can find in the Operation Center > Configure > Intakes And change the YOUR_PALOALTO_HOSTNAME variable with the correct value.

Restart Rsyslog
$ sudo systemctl restart rsyslog.service

Enjoy your events

Go to the events page to watch your incoming events.