| Protecting audit data also includes identifying and protecting the tools used to view and manipulate log data.
Depending upon the log format and application, system and application log tools may provide the only means to manipulate and manage application and system log data.
It is, therefore, imperative that access to audit tools be controlled and protected from unauthorized modification. If an attacker were to modify audit tools, he could also manipulate logs to hide evidence of malicious activity.
Application servers provide a web- and/or a command line-based management functionality for managing the application server audit capabilities. In addition, subsets of audit tool components may be stored on the file system as jar or xml configuration files. The application server must ensure that in addition to protecting any web-based audit tools, any file system-based tools are protected as well.