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syslog-ng Store Box 6.3.0 - Administration Guide

Preface Introduction The concepts of SSB The Welcome Wizard and the first login Basic settings User management and access control Managing SSB Configuring message sources Storing messages on SSB Forwarding messages from SSB Log paths: routing and processing messages Configuring syslog-ng options Searching log messages Searching the internal messages of SSB Classifying messages with pattern databases The SSB RPC API Monitoring SSB Troubleshooting SSB Security checklist for configuring SSB

Encrypting configuration backups with GPG

You can encrypt the configuration file of syslog-ng Store Box (SSB) during system backups using the public-part of a GPG key. The system backups of SSB contain other information as well (for example, databases), but only the configuration file is encrypted. Note that system backups do not contain logspace data.

For details on restoring configuration from a configuration backup, see Restoring SSB configuration and data.


It is not possible to directly import a GPG-encrypted configuration into SSB, it has to be decrypted locally first.


You have to configure a backup policy before starting this procedure. For details, see Data and configuration backups.

You need a GPG key which must be permitted to encrypt data. Keys that can be used only for signing cannot be used to encrypt the configuration file.

To encrypt configuration backups with GPG

  1. Navigate to Basic > System > Management > System backup.

  2. Select Encrypt configuration.

  3. Select .

    • To upload a key file, click Browse, select the file containing the public GPG key, and click Upload. SSB accepts both binary and ASCII-armored GPG keys.

    • To copy-paste the key from the clipboard, paste it into the Key field and click Set.

  4. Click Commit.

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